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  • Question

  • As I understand it XP License Keys come in several varieties:
    Oem, Retail, and Volume, with the distinction between Home, Pro, Media Center, and Tablet

    There have been tools to change the key in use, but only if the key was the same version (Home or Pro), same distrobution channel (OEM or VL), and sometimes same batch.

    Question: Does the WGA Kit allow for a key from a different distrobution?

    Problem: I support an office where many of the computers have been improperly setup using a VL version of windows which no longer activates (used up activations).  The previous IT staff for whatever reason ignored the OEM XP Pro stickers right on the cases of the Dell machines.  I would like to convert the computers to their genuine key, but I've been thru it with WG staff who leave me only with re-formatting.  A complete reinstall would take at least a half a day on these machines, and Genuine-ness for legitimate users doesn't seem a good enough reason for a half-day of down-time.

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 8:20 AM

Answers

  • Change your Product Key without a reinstall to match your
    genuine Product Key or COA:
     
    First, please verify if your COA sticker or Product Key:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx 
    matches your Product Key being used on your system. You can
    view your product key with the Genuine Advantage diagnostics tool
    (at least the last 15 digits) located here:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

    Windows Product Key Update Tool Instructions: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:34 AM
    Moderator
  •  RobColburn wrote:

    No, it doesn't match - that's the point.  Windows was installed with a Volume License Key - which many reps from the Genuine Teams define as a different distrobution.

    The Volume License nor the Volume Windows CD should never have been used, especially since there is an OEM COA sticker.  Reps have in the past suggested a reformat, which I am not willing to do.

    I want to know if the downloadable WGA Kit will allow me to use a OEM Product Key on Volume Windows without the need for a reformat.

     

    Provided you're moving from Pro to Pro, or Home to Home, yes it will.

    :)

     

    -phil

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:36 PM

All replies

  • Change your Product Key without a reinstall to match your
    genuine Product Key or COA:
     
    First, please verify if your COA sticker or Product Key:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx 
    matches your Product Key being used on your system. You can
    view your product key with the Genuine Advantage diagnostics tool
    (at least the last 15 digits) located here:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

    Windows Product Key Update Tool Instructions: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:34 AM
    Moderator
  • No, it doesn't match - that's the point.  Windows was installed with a Volume License Key - which many reps from the Genuine Teams define as a different distrobution.

    The Volume License nor the Volume Windows CD should never have been used, especially since there is an OEM COA sticker.  Reps have in the past suggested a reformat, which I am not willing to do.

    I want to know if the downloadable WGA Kit will allow me to use a OEM Product Key on Volume Windows without the need for a reformat.

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 4:18 PM
  •  RobColburn wrote:

    No, it doesn't match - that's the point.  Windows was installed with a Volume License Key - which many reps from the Genuine Teams define as a different distrobution.

    The Volume License nor the Volume Windows CD should never have been used, especially since there is an OEM COA sticker.  Reps have in the past suggested a reformat, which I am not willing to do.

    I want to know if the downloadable WGA Kit will allow me to use a OEM Product Key on Volume Windows without the need for a reformat.

     

    Provided you're moving from Pro to Pro, or Home to Home, yes it will.

    :)

     

    -phil

    Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:36 PM