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  • Now that I know I have a counterfit copy of xp pro, if I order a new (know good) copy, do I have to delete the counterfit copy and reinstall the good copy or, can I use the new code that comes with the new copy?
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:38 PM

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  • "billpurs" wrote in message news:31916037-a2fe-4d7d-8559-8b5cb8b459c2...
    Now that I know I have a counterfit copy of xp pro, if I order a new (know good) copy, do I have to delete the counterfit copy and reinstall the good copy or, can I use the new code that comes with the new copy?

    Assuming that you buy exactly the same type of Windows, then you should have no problems using the Key.
    You will need to use the Product Key Change procedures outlined here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874
    Note also that a lot of counterfeit software contains malware - which may be hidden from AV's and anti-malware software, so a clean install is always the best option.
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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010 11:55 PM
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  • "billpurs" wrote in message news:31916037-a2fe-4d7d-8559-8b5cb8b459c2...
    Now that I know I have a counterfit copy of xp pro, if I order a new (know good) copy, do I have to delete the counterfit copy and reinstall the good copy or, can I use the new code that comes with the new copy?

    Assuming that you buy exactly the same type of Windows, then you should have no problems using the Key.
    You will need to use the Product Key Change procedures outlined here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874
    Note also that a lot of counterfeit software contains malware - which may be hidden from AV's and anti-malware software, so a clean install is always the best option.
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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010 11:55 PM
    Moderator
  • As stated in the KB article in some cases that process won't work. It's hard to know exactly what edition of Windows was installed (OEM, Retail, VLK) and if there were any files part of the activation system were changed. I think the best way to change the key is using a newer tool that Microsoft provides, it can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx

     

    If it reports a problem that some Windows files were changed then it would be best to reinstall Windows. If you bought your Windows license through the Genuine Advantage program Microsoft provides you a key online instantly and furthermore will mail you a valid Windows CD.

     

    Saturday, August 14, 2010 5:38 AM
  • "Andreas van dem Helge" wrote in message news:3728fd5c-2002-49f1-9fa8-0844a662c373...

    As stated in the KB article in some cases that process won't work. It's hard to know exactly what edition of Windows was installed (OEM, Retail, VLK) and if there were any files part of the activation system were changed. I think the best way to change the key is using a newer tool that Microsoft provides, it can be downloaded here:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx

     

    If it reports a problem that some Windows files were changed then it would be best to reinstall Windows. If you bought your Windows license through the Genuine Advantage program Microsoft provides you a key online instantly and furthermore will mail you a valid Windows CD.

     


    For once, we are in agreement - I keep forgetting that link :(
     
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Saturday, August 14, 2010 8:14 AM
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