Had an emergency helping a friend with a corrupted xp system.
Had to run a Repair Install.
The only disk available was one of those old hacked XP install cds.
The repair install worked okay....but it now has that "you may be a victim of counterfeit" message ...and none of the service packs will install.
Well....before the Repair Install was run.....I had extracted the Original XP PRO key.
So....I've got a legitimate Key.
Is there any way to change the KEY without going through an entire reinstall with the valid CD (which is now available).
NOTE: I had initially tried changing the key using that registry editing technique which forces it to go through the registration process again (the one where you select the "by phone" option...then change the key)....but...when entering the Original Valid key....it gives a message that it is not a valid key (I think b/c the original, valid XP CD was an SP2 version...and the version that was used for the repair install was a version with NO SPs).
I hope this all makes sense.
Any help on a process to chance this install to the Valid Key (which we do posses) ....without having to reinstall.....would be greatly appreciated.
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