Changing your Product Key without a Reinstall to match your genuine Product Key or COA. RRS feed

  • Question


    I have read the post by Phil Lui with the same title as this post and have one question to ask.


    Today I have visited an old lady that has bought her computer which has a genuine license for XP home. It has been supplied with Windows XP Pro and the supplier isn't interested. She is very distressed but can't/won't pay for the system to be reinstalled. Is there anything this Lady can do to ease her distress about runing illegal software? The above tool surely won't alow her to validate XP Pro using her genuine XP Home key will it?


    Thanks in advance for any advise and help you can offer.





    Friday, May 11, 2007 5:08 PM


  • Andrewv,

    You are correct in that the Updater Utility does not have the ability to genuine-ize a nongenuine installation of XP Pro using and XP Home Product Key.


    In such a situation the only recourse is a clean instalaltion of XP Home, preferably by the method and means supplied by the computer manufacturer.  This method usually takes the form of a Recovery CD or Recovery Program whose data is kept on a hidden hard disk drive partition.


    If the computer is from a major manufacturer and she has the required materials at hand (the Recovery CDs or the Recovery Program), then the manufacturer's tech support should be able to talk her thru it if the computer is still under warranty, or she could print the detailed instructions on how to do it from the manufacturer's support pages.

    Friday, May 11, 2007 5:27 PM