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    Changing Xp Registration Key

    I need to change the original registration key that was used when Xp was installed on the computer I have to my own key. I am trying to avoid re-installing windows though. Any help is appreciated.

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    Why do you need to change the key?

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    He is prob got a dodgey key in there and needs to put in a ligit key for his updates to work

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    This is common problem when people are scared by the snowflake and buy a key. The key is useless to you as you don't have an OEM disk and it's an OEM key, some people find this amusing - I am one of them.

    If you do have an OEM disk then you have to boot from it and do an in place install - that is choose 'install' at the first screen then 'repair' when it finds your OS. This will not work if you got XP home key and you have XP Pro Corp installed, you must have XP Pro key and disk.

    The repair install will replace the corp version with the OEM version and shouldn't loose anything.
    I'm using Windows 7 - you got a problem with that?

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    M$ has this on their web site.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=328874

    It details a rather complex process for changing a volume licensing product key. I have also seen this at Labmice

    http://labmice.techtarget.com/window...s/changeID.htm

    Hope it helps

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