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Poll: Have you ever changed the registration information on a Windows machine?

How common is the practice of changing the registered owner or registered company on Windows machines? Take the poll and let us know.

In a recent TR Dojo video, I show you how to change the registration information on your Windows system using a registry hack or TechRepublic's Vista and XP Registration Changer tools.

There are many reasons you might want to change the registration information on a Windows machine, but I'd like to know how common the practice is among out members. Take the poll and let me know.

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11 comments
pandppc
pandppc

I refurbish and resell PCs. If the installation is not corrupt and I do not have the original CDs or restore partition, I try to keep the existing Genuine Windows. I totally delete all previous user files and change the registration info to a generic name or to the new owner if known.

dweomer20032003
dweomer20032003

so my firm have legally bought windows (stored in a wardrobe) and i install a pirated version on all computers. MS got the money, and the installation is easy. Everybody happy.

imjanetmills
imjanetmills

it is a crapshoot as to whether your key numbers are going to work if your hard drive fails and you have to add a new hard drive and install windows on it.

Jere.Redditt
Jere.Redditt

I did reactivate Windows XP Home once. Not real fun, but did not cause problems. I use Jelly Bean a lot to change Name and Corporation.

pandppc
pandppc

If you reinstall the same version of Windows that matches the COA, you may have to call Microsoft to re-activate. This is normally required after a significant hardware change (such as new mobo) or multiple re-installs. It is very common (particularly for Home and OEM versions) and quite painless. Activate Windows thru System Tools and follow the instructions.

microface
microface

I buy a new computer every year, and install the Same Windows XP Pro, and REmove the Old Versin from the Previous Computer. In each Case before I found RockXP I spent anywhaere from 20 min to 1 HOUR on the phone with Microsoft. The activation is a massive waste of my time, to the point that if I was not afraid of trojans or virii I would just download an XP PRo SP3 Iso from Bittorrent, and NEVER CALL M$Soft AGAIN

halesan1
halesan1

Number 5 .. If I read your last part of your comment you can get a copy of WIN XP from Bittorrent. I found their site and can find, nothing like getting copies !!Did I miss something ??? George

---TK---
---TK---

the longest I have been on the phone with them was 10 minutes... I am shocked that they dont know me by now lol...

Highlandcc
Highlandcc

The last time I had to call MS for activation, it took 5 minutes, and it would have taken less if I weren't such a ham-fisted typer.

shadmiwa
shadmiwa

What would be the best solution for WIFI to cover a Diameter of 1Km

IC-IT
IC-IT

You should post this as a Question in the Questions forum. It doesn't belong tacked onto a Discussion. Second It may help to actually provide more detail. There is a big difference in a WiFi solution for 1KM of open field than a Kilometer packed with concrete/metal buildings and a high intensity power line running through it.

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