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product key for windows xp

By squidallday ·
well I found out how to retrieve my product key because i had lost it but now my time has run out and i can't even logon, so how do I get back into my computer to get into my product key?

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by Miroslavvv In reply to product key for windows x ...

Sorry, there is no way to log on once your licence has expired. you have to reinstall the operating system using bootable cd. You can still retain the existing settings though.

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by brian In reply to product key for windows x ...

This should work if you can get the installer to recognize the previous install.
Do A repair reinstall of Windows.
You will be promted for a key but on a repair it is near the end of the installation. You run an exectuable by pressing shift+f10 from that screen. It will open a command prompt. From there you can switch the drive to the floppy by simply typing a:
You will need to put the magicjellybean .exe program on a floppy and put it in the drive. If you dont have the program - you can find it here
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
Note the download is a zip file with the exe inside.
You can execute the program off the floppy and then copy and paste the key values for each section.
I just did this the other day with the program running off a USB Drive.

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by wlbowers In reply to product key for windows x ...

Oh Good Grief! You don't need magic anything.

Do an inplace upgrade. It will see the existing and since you have to enter a key during the upgrade anyway, you will be jake.

Microsoft KB article

XP Q315341
http://tinyurl.com/2zgk

You will keep your existing programs, you might loose some program settings.

Lee

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