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September 14, 2005 at 13:53:49
Specs: xp, good

I have a serial code taken from the system properties window. Can it be changed back into the original product key used for an installation of xp?

Slim Vision


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#1
September 14, 2005 at 14:09:32

Well if what you are asking if u can change no, but if your asking that you lost your cd key and want to get it back go to this site http://windows.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtmland download the program, which will retrieve your windows xp installation key from the registry and YOU CAN ALSO CHANGE YOUR KEY.

PLEASE TELL ME IF THIS INFORMATION WAS USEFULL OR NOT


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#2
September 14, 2005 at 14:15:50

Oh, well thanks but it wasn't quite what I was looking for. You see I have a code from the system properties, and now I need to convert that back to a real product key that can be used to install XP Pro.

It's all perfectly legitimate and above board of course, I just can't be bothered to explain it, unless you really really want me to.

Slim Vision


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#3
September 14, 2005 at 14:17:07

-- One note, the reason why I can't just use that app you gave me is because I don't actually have that installation of XP on the computer anymore... It's a, bit complicated.

Slim Vision


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#4
September 14, 2005 at 15:12:43

Simple answer, no there's no way to use the 'key' in System Properties to find your original installation key - they are separate entities.

"I know that I'm mad - I've always been mad..."


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#5
September 14, 2005 at 22:43:19

Use Belarc advisor. It will tell you the product key of all your Windows products, no matter what version they are.

Tomorrow the Stars!


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#6
September 15, 2005 at 06:59:21

Oh, I know why it wouldn't be possible now.

That code is the product ID, an algorithm of the computers hardware addresses and serial code and what not and the product key. The code is used when one activates XP with Microsoft.

Oh well never mind, I'll have to go back to Cantabury next week and use a key recovery program. I'd have done it when I was up there the other day but the computer isn't connected to the internet so my only option was to write that product id down. Not that it did me any good. Thanks anyway.

Slim Vision


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#7
September 15, 2005 at 07:18:41

Hi slim,

you summed it up neatly. FYI: Windows xp activation mechanism uses 12 different hardware hash component values. If you have the stomach for it, read the technical details HERE

i_XpUser


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#8
September 15, 2005 at 10:53:56

Well I started to read through it but then I gave up half way through.

Honestly, the things a greedy company will do to prevent the loss of a few bucks through piraters. I'm not even pirating myself it's just I lost the damn key i was given from work the other day thanks to a spillage of soup and I'd already wiped the hard disk of my comp down south before I realised just exactly what happened to it.

Wouldn't be such a problem if my tech admin 'dave' would at least give me th ekey but apparently he's lost the sodding thing too. Trust my luck. And I only did the reformat because I was bored too.

Slim Vision


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#9
September 16, 2005 at 07:03:27

If you still have the original MS installation CD then MS will provide the key for you. (as I understand)

Bryan


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#10
September 16, 2005 at 18:21:16

Absolutely, assuming that you have previously activated your copy with MS (so they have records of your registration). Otherwise, no.

i_XpUser


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#11
September 20, 2005 at 12:17:19

The cd I have was provided to me by my company. It uses a vlk. Doesn't matter now anyway, techie Dave as we call him found the key and gave it to me so I didn't end up having to go all the way back to the other office to pull the code from that computer.

Slim Vision


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