counterfeit xp pro to oem xp pro RRS feed

  • Question

  • relative had a "friend" build computer, he installed xp pro but now MS says he exceeded his volume license usage. she has purchased UNOPENED OEM xp pro. How do I install, repair or whatever this OS (Holographic by the way) WITHOUT losing all her files, settings etc.?
    Wednesday, July 4, 2007 7:59 AM


  • Rojopero,


    Hopefully your relative purchased wisely and got a genuine OEM license kit.


    Since the computer has  XP Pro installed now, you will be able to attempt to use the Product Key Updater utility to "genuine-ize" the nongenuine installation of XP Pro.  The Updater will take the PK from the OEM license's CoA and try to genuine-ize the current installation of XP.


    Here is the link to the utility:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx


    Please note that the Utility is not 100% effective----there are situations where it will not be able to genuine-ize a nongenuine installation of XP, and if that happens in this case, you'll have to backup and offload anything that you want to save before you do a clean installation of XP Pro using the OEM license kit.  Here is a good tutorial for doing a clean installation:  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html


    Please post back to tell us how you are doing!

    Wednesday, July 4, 2007 1:37 PM