New Windows XP Installation? RRS feed

  • Question

  • If my computer key is not genuine, is it still possible to get a new Windows XP Installation?

    And if it is, Does it delete all of your files? Pictures ect.
    Saturday, June 20, 2009 8:48 PM


  • Hi Derek185,

      I'm unsure if I understand your question. If you don't have a Valid Product, you would not be able to Reinstall untill you get a Valid Product Key.

      However, If you get a Valid Product Key, you do not necessarily need to Reinstall to use it. You could, instead, change out the bad key with the Valid key using the Product Key Update Tool http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/XPPkuinst.aspx?displaylang=en&sGuid=f4f86856-4250-45cf-94ef-1659e3859b42

    Note: If the Product Key Update Tool fails to change out the Product Keys then that usually means that the XP is a non-standard install, so to use the Valid Product Key, you would need to reinstall XP using the Valid key.

    Hope that answered your question,
    Darin MS
    Monday, June 22, 2009 4:17 PM