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Reinstalling XP Pro without a Key

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  • This one should be easy for someone in the know. I have to reinstall XP Pro on one of our studio computers. I have moved all the data from the main drive to a second HDD. I have recorded the XP Pro number from My Computer. I cant get the Key number because a couple of years ago I changed cases to allow better cooling and the old case has been tossed - with the little sticker with the Key on it!. How can i do the reinstall without the key and just the number registered in My Computer? I have plenty of original XP Pro CD's, most with the computer name that they belong to written on them, but this was one of the earlier ones [i have three disks without system names on them] and there are no key numbers on the actual disks or packaging that they are in. Is there a way of doing this? Does Microsoft keep a 'register' of the number from My Computer that can be reverse engineered so to speak to obtain the key so i can re-install?

     

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:44 PM

Answers

  • How to replace lost, broken, or missing Microsoft software or hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/en-us

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008 11:04 PM
    Answerer
  • The number you are referring to in "My Computer" is not your product key, and cannot be reverse engineered to determine your product key. 

    If you have not yet formatted the PC, download and run the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder (located here: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml) and that will display the product key used on your computer.
    Saturday, March 08, 2008 6:33 PM

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  • How to replace lost, broken, or missing Microsoft software or hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/en-us

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008 11:04 PM
    Answerer
  • OK, have already thought of that. If i could buy a new licence i would. I have lots already, the only thing i cant do, is match up the right disk with what is on my system now. The codecs have gone crazy over the last couple of years thanks to previous staff installing unauthorised software. both our group engineer and microsoft rated helpful people say to reinstall the software. Yes, i am a dufuss for not keeping the last case, but surely with the number on the system identifying it as legal software there is some way of tracking down the key, or reinstalling the software from one of the disks and referencing the ID number? what use is the ID number on the My Computer properties page? I have a legal copy of XP Pro, i am doing the right thing instead of just whacking on any old disc, i just want to make sure nothing goes wrong in our studio down the track....

    Wednesday, March 05, 2008 3:23 AM
  • The number you are referring to in "My Computer" is not your product key, and cannot be reverse engineered to determine your product key. 

    If you have not yet formatted the PC, download and run the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder (located here: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml) and that will display the product key used on your computer.
    Saturday, March 08, 2008 6:33 PM
  • Thankyou so much for that. Such a simple thing. I was speaking with Microsoft on Friday, and they said i had to either find the original tag [i had told them several times i have replaced the case on that machine and one of the staff had thrown the old case out!] or buy a new XP licence. I wonder why Microsoft dont have a similar program?

     

    • Proposed as answer by jean placide Sunday, August 09, 2009 1:15 AM
    Sunday, March 09, 2008 10:27 PM