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How can I tell how many activations are left on a particular Windows XP Product Key and how do I transfer from one machine to another. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 2 retail copies of XP Pro (with DVDs and Product Keys).  One machine died and the other was upgraded to a new machine.  I now want to replace the dead machine with a new one and want to install XP on it.  How can I tell which one of my product keys to use?  I don't want to go through the whole install process only to be prevented from activating it at the end. 

    Any help would be appreciated,

    Regards Dave
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:13 AM

Answers

  • Hello Magic Bullet Dave,

    The mgadiag utility reports a partial product key that should be plenty good for the purpose you describe.
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

    If you prefer to see the whole product key, the Magical Jellybean Keyfinder Utility has been around on the internet for years and has a great reputation.  Any web search will find it.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, December 23, 2009 6:38 PM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:15 PM