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Obtaining a Product Key for XP Validation RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi there....

    I am using the XP version of Windows, which isn't being sold anymore. So, insomuch as it's not being sold....keys are not available? I am asking if there are validation keys for XP anywhere. Thank you, appreciated, Carl

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 1:47 AM

Answers

  • Microsoft ceased issuing new Windows XP product keys a couple years ago.

    Carey Frisch

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:41 AM
    Moderator
  • Sale of XP Keys on their own are ALWAYS counterfeit.

    Sales of Retail XP packs are often also counterfeit - be very careful about who you purchase from, since all normal channels sold out long ago. It is possible to buy Full Retail packs second-hand, but again be very careful of the vendor

    Sales of OEM XP packs are, again, often counterfeit - and 'second-hand' doesn't exist, since the Key is locked to the original motherboard.

    In short, you're better off purchasing a newer OS.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:30 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Microsoft ceased issuing new Windows XP product keys a couple years ago.

    Carey Frisch

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:41 AM
    Moderator
  • Sale of XP Keys on their own are ALWAYS counterfeit.

    Sales of Retail XP packs are often also counterfeit - be very careful about who you purchase from, since all normal channels sold out long ago. It is possible to buy Full Retail packs second-hand, but again be very careful of the vendor

    Sales of OEM XP packs are, again, often counterfeit - and 'second-hand' doesn't exist, since the Key is locked to the original motherboard.

    In short, you're better off purchasing a newer OS.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:30 AM
    Moderator