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Illegal Copy Of Windows XP

By yobtaf ·
I'm basically a MAC person and my wife a PC person, so I know
both operating systems, though I know Mac better. Recently my
wife, who is not very computer smart (sorry Nancy), asked me to
fix up her computer. I discovered that she was running an illegal
copy of Windows XP Professional, I wouldn't get into how this
happened, I'll just say that I disapprove of this practice and the
maintenance problems it causes. By the way she was unaware of

My question is: Can I install a legal copy without loosing all her
settings and should I wait for the new Windows operating
system to come out, which rumor says will be late this year? I
don't want spend the money twice in one year.

Also, I'm a little confused as to which Windows XP Professional
package I would use.

I need advise.

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A suggestion

by Wrathchild In reply to Here's the deal

Is this machine XP Pro, or XP Pro Corporate. If it is coporate version, Microsoft has been rejecting lots of coporate licenses lately. Even if you bought it legally. Coporate licenses are the easiest to pirate, due to the fact that an actual COA is not required with a VLK (volume license key.) It is possible to save the files and settings using the "File and Settings transfer Wizard." As far as updates are concerned, the easiest solution would be to purchase XP Professional with Service Pack 2. It has most of the updates you would be downloading for the original XP Pro. With a high speed connection, you would only need to spend about an hour and a half to completely update XP SP2. Hope this helps.

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all 1's?

by master3bs In reply to yea double check

I didn't realize you could do that. I need to find a 95 setup cd and try that.

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all 1's or

by Jaqui In reply to all 1's?

5 zeros, the last nine digits in base 10 number system followed by 5 zeros

that is the ms tech number for win95

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by Skidoggeruk In reply to all 1's or

Did the sum total not need to be divisable by 7? or something like that? I think that is how I used to do it. So long ago now.

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Real or not

by zlitocook In reply to are you sure

You need to watch where you buy software from! I have a friend that bought Windows server 2000 and Exchange at a computer convention, both were copies of real software. His out over $1000. bucks because he wanted to save a few bucks.
Only buy from a Microsoft certified reseller, you can check them out at

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by Tink! In reply to Illegal Copy Of Windows X ...

I wouldn't wait til the next windows version. You never know how they'll behave on first release.

I take it you don't have a restore CD. Did you purchase the computer from a retailer or get it through personal connections?

You can possibly get a new restore CD from the PC manufacturer.

Installing/reinstalling Windows will affect her 3rd party softwares, at least the ones that place entries in the registry. As well as many of her personal preferences will be affected too. You can recover some of the preferences by copying them to CD, such as her mail, favorites, desktop shortcuts and such.

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Key Changer / Repair install.

by Andrew06 In reply to alright...

Do a repair installation of Windows and it will give you the option to enter a new key during the setup.

There are other programs (free) that will allow you to retrieve the current Windows Key and/or change it.

To do a repair installation:

Put in the CD and boot from it.

Let setup load.
Do not press R to go to Recovery Console, but instead press Enter until setup finds your current Windows Installation.

Then you should press R and it will copy system files and repair system folders.

Then after it is done you can follow the prompts and re-enter your Legit CD Key.

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RE: Repair Install

by mckinnej In reply to Key Changer / Repair inst ...

Andrew06 is correct. That's the easy way to fix it...if you have the right version of WinXP. Not all versions allow you to do this. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe you have to have the Professional Edition.

If when you boot from your CD and realize you don't have the "Repair" option, abort the install and seek out one of the key changers Andrew06 mentioned. BTW, that's the "easy" way to do it to begin with, although somewhat questionable in the eyes of M$.

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Re; Repair Install

by Andrew06 In reply to RE: Repair Install

mckinnej, I know for a fact that it works with both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition.

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