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  • Question

  • We purchased 2 used laptops that obviously have VLK licensing.  They have worked fine for a year.  Now we are getting the Microsoft Genuine message stating the key is invalid or blocked.

    We purchased an OEM copy of XP Pro for each laptop.  After two attempts to change the product key as specified in other articles (registy edits to deactivate and activate the new license), I realize the software is not going to recognize the new key as valid due to the difference in licensing. 

    Is there a way around this?  Do I have to reformat the laptops or could I just reinstall Windows over the current partition (obviously this could cause instability)?  Any suggestions?

    Friday, October 30, 2009 1:16 PM


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  • Did you try using the Windows Product Key Update Tool?
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by ITSysAdm Friday, October 30, 2009 3:29 PM
    Friday, October 30, 2009 2:07 PM
  • I do not know why I did not find this tool earlier, but it worked like a charm. Thank you so much, Carey, for showing me the way. Have a great day.
    Friday, October 30, 2009 3:28 PM