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Changing a Windows XP product key

By seekingtruth7 ·
I have a slight problem.

Our company just received 35 new Dell desktops from a reseller. My department is in charge of creating a new XP image and deploying the image to the desktops. The desktops came with Windows 2000 OEM keys so we would have to use other keys.

After a machine was ghosted and windows xp setup was started, we put in an XP key from our list of available XP keys. What we didn't realize was that the keys that we were inputting were OEM keys from some of our laptops. We had already finished 12 PC's.

We realized now that we must somehow change the product key to an unused retail box key from our inventory. Without having to re-ghost or do long repair install on each PC, is there a way to change the product key from an oem to a retail key through the registry or another third party program?

I've looked through many forums and tried different options but nothing seems to work for Service Pack 2.



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by 3xp3rt In reply to Changing a Windows XP pro ...

Following this link you can change the winXP key.

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by seekingtruth7 In reply to

Thanks for your prompt answer. Here's the thing, I've tried these various options.
1) changing a value in the registry to deactivate the product key
2) using the change product key feature in WinKeyFinder
3) using the change product key feature in the Magical Jelly Bean Program.

Using the registry change would not deactivate my product key. The registry change found on Microsoft and across the internet seems to be only for XP SP1 users. These machines were all ghosted with XP SP2.

Using WinKeyFinder and the Magical Jelly Bean program, I could change my product key from one OEM key to another but it gave me an error when change to actual legal retail box key.

The keys we used are tied to our laptops and right now have been placed illegally on our new desktops. We need to change this ASAP to our unused box keys. So far I haven't found an option to change an OEM key to a retail box key. Another option may be to change the PID that is generated from the product key. Let me know if this helps and if you have any suggestions.

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by acirem77 In reply to

Try running the sysprep tool, I haven't used it in a while but from what I remember, you logon with admin privelege, run the tool, the machine reboots and runs through initial setup and asks for a cd key. Hope this helps.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Changing a Windows XP pro ...

Following this link you can change the winXP key.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to

Also searching in google you can find a lot of programs for changing the winXP key, but there are software cracks.

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by wcp In reply to Changing a Windows XP pro ...

You cannot.

There are different types of Product keys; OEM, Retail, Upgrade, and Corporate.
You can change keys within a type but not with a different type.

You need to reghost your system with the right type of Windows to match the keys.

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by wcp In reply to

By your own admission, your systems are placed illegally (not intentionally).

The best policy is to do it the right way, not working around (illegally again).
The sooner you do it, the better.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Changing a Windows XP pro ...

While Magic Jelly Bean Key Finder will change the keys the above poster is correct they can only be changed within the same product group so if you are trying to change from an OEM to Volume License Key it will not be possible. Currently MS has 7 different versions of XP available for sale and then the Volume License stuff on top so if you need to change between different groups it will not be possible but if all you are wanting to do is change the key from one OEM to another the above product will do the trick quite nicely and it's faster than the MS option.


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