Product Key in XP

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November 11, 2010 at 21:05:14
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, 3 GHz / 1919 MB
My daughter is in PA and her Xp computer is all screwed up. I am going to attempt fixing it long distance. Have all the logistics worked out.
In a nutshell she is going to format the HD and reinstall XP clean. We will then build it up from there.One thing I have advised is to get Acronis TI home to make regular images.
The thing I am confused about is putting the same Product Key in during the installation of XP.

In my W7 system I put the PK that was on the documentation that it came with. The key was in the format xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx. When I look at Control Panel....System the key now is in the format . Why did it change? And how does this work in XP?

William Lockie


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#1
November 11, 2010 at 22:11:13
Are you talking about the product ID: below where it says windows is activated? If so that is something different.

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#2
November 12, 2010 at 07:00:28
"her Xp computer is all screwed up"

Defined "screwed up". It *may* be an easy fix.

Doing a format/reinstall is pretty drastic. She will lose EVERYTHING - docs, pictures, programs, etc - unless she has them backed up. You will need the XP Product Key, plus ALL the hardware drivers (chipset, video, sound, network, etc). These drivers will most likely NOT be on the XP disc. Depending on which disc she has, SP3 may have to be installed, not to mention IE8 & all the other numerous Windows Updates. Then of course, there's the programs - antivirus, firewall, MS Office (or similar), plus whatever else she uses. This will take several hours. Are both of you prepared for that?

Use the following to find the XP key, but you have to run it from within Windows. Is her system still bootable?

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/key...


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#3
November 12, 2010 at 10:26:44
Yes, it is bootable.
I am prepared to go through the installation of everything. The reason I am doing a clean install is to be "damn sure" it is really clean. I plan to do an image backup prior to formatting. I can then recover data from it when all is said and done. I also plan to make images as we bring the system from just the OS to full blown so that we can go back a step if something weird creeps into the installation.

On my W7 computer, here at home, I make an image every 4 days. I have found that it is easier to restore a good image than it is to troubleshoot a problem and maybe not fix everything. Anyway that's me. It has been a boon to me for the past several yeas.

William Lockie


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#4
November 12, 2010 at 10:50:24
For likelystory.

Yes, I meant ID. Question is how is it generated? Why would a person want to change it? And what are the ramifications of changing it?

William Lockie


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#5
November 12, 2010 at 13:17:39
I suggest you retrieve her windows and possibly office keys first before wiping the disk to start again.

This will then allow you to re-install XP cleanly using the same key. This is the best way particularly if it is an OEM SLP install PC.

To retrieve your daughters key she can use the keyfinder at:
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/key...

The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It even has the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.

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#6
November 16, 2010 at 07:25:51
Good news. When I started trouble shooting her problem I found that Foxfire was not operating properly. Made IE her default browser and she has not experience the problem so far. Still need to check for viruses and a general tune up, but it looks like I won't have to take the drastic measure
I wish to tank everyone for the advice regarding product keys.

William Lockie


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#7
February 10, 2011 at 07:09:40
Man, are nuts?
Why would you do this?
Use ccleaner from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner first.
It will take you probably 10 minutes to clean and optimize your daughter comp.
And most important you will not break any copyright law by doing this.

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