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Converting a pirated OEM key to Volume License Key RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have several computers in the office, the previous network admin installed Windows XP PRO OEM with the same license key to all the workstations, I recently bought WinXP PRO Volume Licenses, but I can't find a way to install the VL to these pirated OEMs! Does anyone know how it can be done, short of reinstalling the OS with the VL Key?

    Monday, September 21, 2009 11:33 PM

Answers

  • Hello Hovman,

    According to the document that I linked above, as long as your Volume Licensing Agreement is a Select or Open License Agreement (and some forms of Enterprise Agreement, but I get the sense that your biz is at the Enterprise level, that's in the 500 and up range), the fact that each workstation has a CoA for XP Home means that you are meeting the requirement and are A-OK from a licensing standpoint.

    You can try the Product Key Updater, but I have no idea if it will work.  The PK Updater was written to convert nongenuine Volume License installations into Genuine Retail or OEM installations using a Genuine Retail or OEM Product Key.  It sounds like you are trying to go in the opposite direction, converting nongenuine OEM installations into Genuine Volume Licensing installations, so it's anyone's guess if it will work.  Carey gave you the link, but here it is again just in case:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/PKUInstructions.aspx

    If the PK Updater does not work, then the advice you got from the MS support person was sound advice, assuming that you have enough computers to make the reimaging procedure wothwhile.  If all computers are identical makes and models with indentical motherboards, then the use of the sysprep tool is pretty easy, and it will save some time immediately and in the future if the number of computers is more than, say, seven.  If it's a mix-and-match mixed bag, then the learning curve to add the extra arcane data to the sysprep file would be too steep to be justified for fewer than say 10-15 computers.  IMO if you have fewer than five-seven computers, have not used sysprep before, and not much more computer savvy than say an above average "civilian" then it would be easier to just burn as many ccopies as you have computers of your genuine hologrammed Volume Licensing XP Pro installation CD and install Windows the "old-fashioned" way all at the same time after (as an in-place upgrade http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341) backing up any data on the computers. 
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:03 PM
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:01 PM

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:37 AM
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  • Hello Hovman,

    It is important to understand that Volume Licenses for Windows XP Pro are upgrade-only licenses.  They are valid only when the workstations getting the Volume Licenses first have a license for an upgradeable operating system.

    Please see this document for more info:  http://a248.e.akamai.net/f/248/3214/1d/www.zones.com/images/pdf/WindowsXPLicensingPrimer.pdf

    Does each workstation to get a Volume License have Certificates of Authenticity for Windows affixed to it now?  If so, what version and edition of Windows are on the CoAs?
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:41 AM
  • Hi Dan,

    Each workstation has a Win XP home COA but they were most likely reformated with an XP PRO OEM, I'd hate to think my vendor didn't understand my needs and sold me upgrade licenses only, I paid just as much for the VL as it would have cost to buy an OEM.

    I called Microsoft and the support rep told me to re-image, I have no idea what he meant, maybe I should call them back and find out, but they thought the licenses I purchased were sufficient for our situation.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:33 PM
  • Hello Hovman,

    According to the document that I linked above, as long as your Volume Licensing Agreement is a Select or Open License Agreement (and some forms of Enterprise Agreement, but I get the sense that your biz is at the Enterprise level, that's in the 500 and up range), the fact that each workstation has a CoA for XP Home means that you are meeting the requirement and are A-OK from a licensing standpoint.

    You can try the Product Key Updater, but I have no idea if it will work.  The PK Updater was written to convert nongenuine Volume License installations into Genuine Retail or OEM installations using a Genuine Retail or OEM Product Key.  It sounds like you are trying to go in the opposite direction, converting nongenuine OEM installations into Genuine Volume Licensing installations, so it's anyone's guess if it will work.  Carey gave you the link, but here it is again just in case:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/PKUInstructions.aspx

    If the PK Updater does not work, then the advice you got from the MS support person was sound advice, assuming that you have enough computers to make the reimaging procedure wothwhile.  If all computers are identical makes and models with indentical motherboards, then the use of the sysprep tool is pretty easy, and it will save some time immediately and in the future if the number of computers is more than, say, seven.  If it's a mix-and-match mixed bag, then the learning curve to add the extra arcane data to the sysprep file would be too steep to be justified for fewer than say 10-15 computers.  IMO if you have fewer than five-seven computers, have not used sysprep before, and not much more computer savvy than say an above average "civilian" then it would be easier to just burn as many ccopies as you have computers of your genuine hologrammed Volume Licensing XP Pro installation CD and install Windows the "old-fashioned" way all at the same time after (as an in-place upgrade http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341) backing up any data on the computers. 
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:03 PM
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:01 PM