Re: expired product key



Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:21 AM
>
> Just curious, Bruce, but is there any way he could go into his existing
> OEM installation and change his product key to the key that comes with
> his full retail version of XP, so that he could just do an activation
> over the Internet in the usual way? I've heard that major OEM versions
> are identical to full retail versions.


No, not that I'm aware of. His new retail Product Key won't work with
the "OEM" installation. Attempts to activate should result in an
"Invalid Product Key" warning. There are ways to change the Product Key
of a WinXP installation, but the installation and Product Key license
types must match. I.e., OEM for OEM or retail for retail.


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Kelly
07-10-2005, 12:21 AM
How interesting guys!

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"Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@h0tmail.c0m> wrote in message
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>
>>
>> Just curious, Bruce, but is there any way he could go into his existing
>> OEM installation and change his product key to the key that comes with
>> his full retail version of XP, so that he could just do an activation
>> over the Internet in the usual way? I've heard that major OEM versions
>> are identical to full retail versions.
>
>
> No, not that I'm aware of. His new retail Product Key won't work with the
> "OEM" installation. Attempts to activate should result in an "Invalid
> Product Key" warning. There are ways to change the Product Key of a WinXP
> installation, but the installation and Product Key license types must
> match. I.e., OEM for OEM or retail for retail.
>
>
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> Bruce Chambers
>
> Help us help you:
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
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> both at once. - RAH


Re: expired product key