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  • Hello,

    This might sound fairly stupid to some of you more advanced users but, please bear with me on this one.

    I've recently obtained a genuine product key to replace the fake one I'm currently using to run XP professional, However I'm a bit hesitant about totally reinstalling my computer because of a simple mistake on my side.

    Just to be on the safe side; is there any way to replace my fake key with the authentical one without doing a total system reinstallation?

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 5:37 PM

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  •  Niijugo wrote:

    Hello,

    This might sound fairly stupid to some of you more advanced users but, please bear with me on this one.

    I've recently obtained a genuine product key to replace the fake one I'm currently using to run XP professional, However I'm a bit hesitant about totally reinstalling my computer because of a simple mistake on my side.

    Just to be on the safe side; is there any way to replace my fake key with the authentical one without doing a total system reinstallation?

    If you have a genuine Product Key for the same version
    of Windows XP as the non-genuine version.  For example, if
    you have a non-genuine version of Windows XP Professional
    installed, and have a "genuine" Product Key for Windows XP
    Professional, you can use the Windows Product Key Update
    Tool to change the Product Key.

    The Genuine Advantage Product Key Update Tool is only valid for
    users attempting to change their current non-genuine Product Key
    to a genuine Product Key - all without a reinstall!
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50346&clcid=0x409

    However, if you have a "genuine" Product Key for Windows XP
    Home Edition, and you have a non-genuine Windows XP Professional
    installation, the Tool will not work....a "clean install" of XP Home
    would be required.

    Clean Install Windows XP
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 7:35 PM
    Moderator

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  •  Niijugo wrote:

    Hello,

    This might sound fairly stupid to some of you more advanced users but, please bear with me on this one.

    I've recently obtained a genuine product key to replace the fake one I'm currently using to run XP professional, However I'm a bit hesitant about totally reinstalling my computer because of a simple mistake on my side.

    Just to be on the safe side; is there any way to replace my fake key with the authentical one without doing a total system reinstallation?

    If you have a genuine Product Key for the same version
    of Windows XP as the non-genuine version.  For example, if
    you have a non-genuine version of Windows XP Professional
    installed, and have a "genuine" Product Key for Windows XP
    Professional, you can use the Windows Product Key Update
    Tool to change the Product Key.

    The Genuine Advantage Product Key Update Tool is only valid for
    users attempting to change their current non-genuine Product Key
    to a genuine Product Key - all without a reinstall!
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50346&clcid=0x409

    However, if you have a "genuine" Product Key for Windows XP
    Home Edition, and you have a non-genuine Windows XP Professional
    installation, the Tool will not work....a "clean install" of XP Home
    would be required.

    Clean Install Windows XP
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 7:35 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, The OS is genuine, it's the produkt key that isn't.
    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 8:33 PM