Windows XP Pro Activation w/o CDs or original product key?

By raptormoonx ·
My grandfather had a HP Pavilion a342n Desktop PC that I received after his passing in 2010. I booted up the computer and received the message box for Genuine Activation. It asked for the product key, and after looking through everything we could find for the computer, the original CDs were lost. My parents want to use this computer as a replacement for their current desktop and I don't want to leave them with a vulnerable computer. Is it possible to get it activated, and if so, how? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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by pickleman In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

Don't be such a dork.
If you have a machine which came with an original license, you're obviously a legal owner of XP. If you can't find your license key, it would take you all of 10 seconds to search for "windows XP key" or "windows XP activation" in the search engine of your choice.

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If you get xp back to factory condition:

by monophysite In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

Whatever you do, get SP2 or malware will kill you. It's easy to check - click start> right click My Computer, and select properties from the list.

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call microsoft

by In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

Microsoft will show you how to change the product key

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If not XP upgrade to Win8

by redave In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

Win8 is smaller and faster than Win7. Use it in desktop mode. Metro may be confusing.

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I don't know if it's still available, but some years ago I got hold of a

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

program called RockXP - file is rockxp.exe - which has some great tools for fine tuning Win Xp performance and also includes a tool whereby you can change the registration key of the installed software. I used it several times where someone had a valid licence for Win XP but their install discs were damage or unfindable. I used my valid XP discs to reinstall the software, loaded RockXP, changed the registration key from the one I used to do the install (my key) to their key, went on-line and did the activation and updates, no troubles at all. The only issue here is that in each case I was using my Win XP Pro to rebuild XP Pro systems and Win XP Home to rebuild XP Home systems, don't know how it'll go with a XP Pro install and a XP Home key.

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Find some copy of HP's OEM Windows XP CD

by dimitrov_d In reply to Windows XP Pro Activation ...

Find HP's OEM version of WinXP installation media. It will not ask you for ser. number nor activation. This installation CD you can install on each HP (even old Compaq) hardware.

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