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  • Question


    Hello everyone. I have heard that when Windows XP Service Pack 3 is installed a product key is not required however I heard that after a 30 day period one would be required in order to keep running windows. Windows came preinstalled on my computer and I it seems I have thrown away my Certificate of Authneticity. Would a product key be required to run Windows and if I need one where can I get a new Product Key? Please help and thanks in advance!


    P.S. I know that throwing away my C.O.A. was stupid.

    Friday, April 18, 2008 12:20 AM


  • Hello tovarplmdl,


    If the product key of the Windows platform installed is passing validation then installing Service Pack 3 should not require a key.

    It will only require a key if it was not validating with the installed key.


    To check the validity of the operating system on your machine please go here: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine.

    The genuine site can also provide you with valuable information so please take time and review the documents. 


    Another site for helping customers identify genuine vs. non-genuine software is located here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/


    I hope this has helped!


    Lori MS


    Monday, April 28, 2008 8:42 PM