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


  • Hello Magic Bullet Dave,

    The mgadiag utility reports a partial product key that should be plenty good for the purpose you describe.

    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