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Changing the XP Product Key without reinstalling





    How to change product key in XP with no re-install.:

    CREATED BY GENERAL NEWBIE
    NEWBIESLAIR.no-ip.org
    JULY 17 2002

    ############## THIS IS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES ONLY ##############

    If you are like many of the warez community then you probably are
    having
    trouble installing windows SP1
    because the cd key that you used is now banned but never fear you
    can now
    generate your own working corp key and install the Corp version
    without a
    problem

    How to change product key in XP with no re-install.:

    1. Run regedit and go to:
    HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current
    Version\WPAEvents,in
    the right pane double click on "oobetimer" and change at least one
    digit of
    this value. This will deactivate windows. Exit regedit.

    2. Choose run from start menu and type in this command:
    '%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a'
    or
    'oobe/msoobe /a'

    to get the activation screen. Then You want to Activate by phone
    so Click on
    Activate by phone. Click Next.

    3. In the new screen choose the option to change product key, and
    type in
    the new product key (Corporate one only). You cannot use the FCKGW
    key. Only
    a new one that you have generated then....no need to click next

    Do not click Update.

    If you do its ok.. but you didnt need to ... you now should reboot
    and be
    done so just close that window, and reboot your system

    4. Once rebooted check to make sure that your activated..

    5. Enter the command in step 2 again for the second time to verify
    your
    activation , you should see "Windows Is Already Activated".

    ENJOY
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