Updating to service Pack 2 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, I bought an IBM laptop with XP Professional, everything legal about it. I have deleted things and had to re-install from stratch (even deleted the IBM restore partition). I have installed Win XP Prof from a CD from a friend, but it's not Service Pack 1 or 2, and I had to use an illegal CD-KEY to get it installed. How can I (a) get service pack 2 installed (the Microsoft WGA website fails when I try to update it), and (b) change my CD-KEY to my legal CD-KEY?



    Tuesday, July 4, 2006 3:15 AM


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  • Bwa,

    May I suggest contacting IBM support so that you can purchase a set of reinstallation/recovery CDs for you exact model of IBM?  Use the IBM supplied discs, that way you can be assured that the installed OS will be virus and rootkit free, and will activate and validate properly.

    What is on the Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the IBM laptop now (please do not post the product key itself):  XP Home, Pro, or Media Center, or the words OEM Software or OEM Product?

    Tuesday, July 4, 2006 3:25 AM
  • Ok, might do that, they charge $50 for new copies though, grrrrrrr. The product ID is Windows XP Professional. It doesn't say service pack info. Thanks for your suggestion.

    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 12:30 AM
  • Bwa,

    Since you have XP Pro installed and the COA is for XP Pro, give the Key Updater utility a try:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50346&clcid=0x409

    This link describes what the tool will try to do:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/purchase/SystemScan.aspx?displaylang=en

    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 1:28 AM