How to Change a Windows XP Key

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How to Change a Windows XP Product Key from wikiHow This article describes how to change the Windows XP product key after a Volume Licensing installation. You can use the Windows Activation Wizard graphical user interface (GUI) or a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) script. The Activation Wizard method is easier, but if you must change the product key for multiple computers, the script method is better. Steps to Change the Windows XP Product Key Click start in the bottom left corner...Read Full Story

About Windows XP "Key generator" programs, or "Windows XP keygens"

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Here is the skinny, according to Wikipedia : "Key generator" programs, commonly called "keygens", exist to randomly generate Windows XP product keys (thus, there are no longer any commonly used keys to block) and then activate Windows without contacting Microsoft. These may or may not allow the user to receive updates although Microsoft has allowed major security updates to be downloaded and applied through Windows Update and its downloads site, even in pirated or non-genuine copies of...Read Full Story

How to Find Your Windows XP Product Key Code

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If you ever have to reinstall Windows, one of the largest hassles can be finding your Product Key code. This is printed on the outside of your installation CD, but it's incredibly common for users to misplace their installation CD, creating problems down the line. Luckily, you can find your Product Key code hidden deep with your operating system -- it just takes a little work. No hacking required, just 15 minutes of your time. Here's how:Step 1Download a free Windows key registry finding...Read Full Story

WinKeyFinder 1.72 released, great Windows XP key generator

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Here is the latest release from WinKeyFinder.This is a key finder for both Windows XP and MS Office keys.  It has received strong reviews so far.Read Full Story

Windows XP Product Activation

In an attempt to reduce piracy Windows XP introduced product activation. Activation requires the computer or the user to activate with Microsoft (either online or over the phone) within a certain amount of time in order to continue using the operating system. If the user's computer system ever changes—for example, if two or more relevant components of the computer itself are upgraded—Windows will return to the unactivated state and will need to be activated again within a defined grace period. If a user tries to reactivate too frequently the system will refuse to activate online. The user must then contact Microsoft by telephone, to explain why this is happening, in order to obtain a new activation code.

However, activation only applies to retail and "system builder" (intended for use by small local PC builders) copies of Windows. "Royalty OEM" (used by large PC vendors) copies are instead locked to a special signature in the machines BIOS (and will demand activation if moved to a system whose motherboard does not have the signature) and volume license copies do not require activation at all. Predictably this led to pirates simply using volume license copies with volume license keys that were widely distributed on the internet.

Windows XP key testing

In addition to activation, Windows XP service packs will refuse to install on Windows XP systems with product keys known to be widely used in unauthorized installations. These product keys are intended to be unique to each boxed (or bundled) copy of Windows XP and are included with the product documentation, but a number of product keys were posted on the Internet and were then used for a large number of unauthorized installations. The service packs contain a list of these keys and will not update copies of Windows XP that use them.

Microsoft developed a new key verification engine for Windows XP Service Pack 2 that could detect illicit keys, even those that had never been used before. After an outcry from security consultants who feared that denying security updates to illegal installations of Windows XP would have wide-ranging consequences even for legal owners, Microsoft elected to disable the new key verification engine. Service Pack 2 only checks for the same small list of commonly used keys as Service Pack 1. This means that while Service Pack 2 will not install on copies of Windows XP which use the older set of copied keys, those who use keys which have been posted more recently may be able to update their systems.

Source: Wikipedia.org

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