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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 3:34:09 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi,

I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:

I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no longer
working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was a
Corporate Edition).

He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and do
not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs to
him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.

Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a way
to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
and register it with that new key?

I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and reinstall
and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!

One friend here said it might not be possible because the original installed
OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that of an
individual install. I just want to make sure.

Regards and thanks in anticipation.

Satyanyaya

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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 5:38:53 PM

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S_Nyaya wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>
> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no longer
> working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was a
> Corporate Edition).
>


Actually, there is no such thing as WinXP "Corporate Edition."
That is a term applied exclusively to pirated (iow, stolen) copies of
the Volume Licensed WinXP Pro by the "warez" aficionados.

The currently installed Volume License probably belongs to your
user's former employer, not to the user. Therefore, he must remove and
replace the installation because he's no longer covered under the former
employer's license.


> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and do
> not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs to
> him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
>


If you were a more experienced "tech" you wouldn't even need to ask.
But we all had to start somewhere, so keep asking questions.


> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a way
> to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
> and register it with that new key?
>

No. Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of
CD/license (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are
purchased. For example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any
retail version of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice
versa. An upgrade's Product Key cannot be used with a full version CD,
and vice versa. An OEM Product Key will not work to install a retail
product. An Italian Product Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom
line: Product Keys and CD types cannot be mixed & matched.

You'll need to use the full retail copy of WinXP Pro to perform a
repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, using the new CD and
Product Key.

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=K...;EN-US;Q315341



> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and reinstall
> and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!
>
> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original installed
> OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that of an
> individual install. I just want to make sure.
>


Other than the fact that there's no such thing as a "Corporate
Edition," your friend is correct.


--

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Help us help you:
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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 5:43:24 PM

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You'll have to use the new Windows XP Pro CD and
Product Key and proceed with a "Repair Install".

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.­com/XPrepairinstall.htm

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"S_Nyaya" wrote:

| Hi,
|
| I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
|
| I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
| perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no longer
| working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was a
| Corporate Edition).
|
| He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and do
| not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs to
| him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
|
| Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a way
| to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
| and register it with that new key?
|
| I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
| several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and reinstall
| and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!
|
| One friend here said it might not be possible because the original installed
| OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that of an
| individual install. I just want to make sure.
|
| Regards and thanks in anticipation.
|
| Satyanyaya
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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 6:38:02 PM

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In news:%23OFzSrvNFHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Bruce Chambers <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> respectfully replied ;-)
> S_Nyaya wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>>
>> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
>> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
>> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS
>> (it was a Corporate Edition).
>>
>
>
> Actually, there is no such thing as WinXP "Corporate Edition."
> That is a term applied exclusively to pirated (iow, stolen) copies of
> the Volume Licensed WinXP Pro by the "warez" aficionados.
>
> The currently installed Volume License probably belongs to your
> user's former employer, not to the user. Therefore, he must remove
> and replace the installation because he's no longer covered under the
> former employer's license.
>
>
>> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech
>> and do not really know why he needs to do the change though! The
>> laptop belongs to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS
>> installed on it.
>
>
> If you were a more experienced "tech" you wouldn't even need to ask.
> But we all had to start somewhere, so keep asking questions.
>
>
>> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there
>> a way to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy)
>> and activate and register it with that new key?
>>
>
> No. Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of
> CD/license (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are
> purchased. For example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for
> any retail version of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro,
> and vice versa. An upgrade's Product Key cannot be used with a full
> version CD, and vice versa. An OEM Product Key will not work to
> install a retail product. An Italian Product Key will not work with
> an English CD. Bottom line: Product Keys and CD types cannot be mixed
> & matched.
> You'll need to use the full retail copy of WinXP Pro to perform a
> repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, using the new CD and
> Product Key.

Bruce,
The OEM Pro version will also work, see the link below to my FAQ. It has
been verified from several posts that it does work.
Look for the Do a Repair Install Specialized information for using OEM XP
Pro CD to change "Corp" Product Key option.

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18
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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 6:51:31 PM

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S_Nyaya wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>
> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it
> was a Corporate Edition).
>
> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech
> and do not really know why he needs to do the change though! The
> laptop belongs to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS
> installed on it.
> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there
> a way to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy)
> and activate and register it with that new key?
>
> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and
> reinstall and configure all over again! And the machine works
> superbly as of now!
> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
> installed OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is
> that of an individual install. I just want to make sure.
>
> Regards and thanks in anticipation.
>
> Satyanyaya

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18

--
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Anonymous
April 1, 2005 8:23:41 PM

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Hi,

Maybe it was a wrong choice of words in my posting - but the install is
perfectly legal (I said so in my OP). It was a Volume Licensed install that
I meant. Sorry!

The user wants to change it perhaps because there were non-technical issues
involved (not software-related) in re to his no longer being in their
employ. But that is none of my business - I am just the guy he brought the
laptop to this morning!

He has, as mentioned, already purchased a new XP Pro product.

It was me who did the posting because I wanted to save some time and labor
in the process! The laptop is loaded with software. It works perfectly as of
right now - which is why I wanted not to disturb anything in the first
place. But I still needed to explore if changing the Key would work - hence
the post!!!

Thanks very much for the responses. I am trying out the magicjellybean
utility later this evening and hope to post a not saying it went okay.

Satyanyaya




"Bruce Chambers" <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> wrote in message
news:%23OFzSrvNFHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> S_Nyaya wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>>
>> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
>> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
>> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was
>> a Corporate Edition).
>>
>
>
> Actually, there is no such thing as WinXP "Corporate Edition."
> That is a term applied exclusively to pirated (iow, stolen) copies of
> the Volume Licensed WinXP Pro by the "warez" aficionados.
>
> The currently installed Volume License probably belongs to your user's
> former employer, not to the user. Therefore, he must remove and replace
> the installation because he's no longer covered under the former
> employer's license.
>
>
>> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and
>> do not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop
>> belongs to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
>>
>
>
> If you were a more experienced "tech" you wouldn't even need to ask. But
> we all had to start somewhere, so keep asking questions.
>
>
>> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a
>> way to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and
>> activate and register it with that new key?
>>
>
> No. Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of
> CD/license (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are
> purchased. For example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any
> retail version of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice
> versa. An upgrade's Product Key cannot be used with a full version CD,
> and vice versa. An OEM Product Key will not work to install a retail
> product. An Italian Product Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom
> line: Product Keys and CD types cannot be mixed & matched.
>
> You'll need to use the full retail copy of WinXP Pro to perform a
> repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, using the new CD and
> Product Key.
>
> How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=K...;EN-US;Q315341
>
>
>
>> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
>> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and
>> reinstall and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as
>> of now!
>>
>> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
>> installed OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that
>> of an individual install. I just want to make sure.
>>
>
>
> Other than the fact that there's no such thing as a "Corporate Edition,"
> your friend is correct.
>
>
> --
>
> Bruce Chambers
>
> Help us help you:
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
> You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
> both at once. - RAH
Anonymous
April 1, 2005 9:03:31 PM

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This is simple. You need to purchase a retail version of XP Pro - in order
to get a legitimate key. Run the Magic Jellybean keyfinder from here
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml . It will display the
current key. Click on Options in the Magic Jellybean menu and then select
Change key. Enter the legitimate key from the purchased version of XP Pro.
Reboot the system. You will be asked to Activate. Do so.

--

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www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


"S_Nyaya" <satyanyaya@orion.nebula> wrote in message
news:eiSPPHvNFHA.3928@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>
> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was
> a Corporate Edition).
>
> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and do
> not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs
> to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
>
> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a way
> to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
> and register it with that new key?
>
> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and reinstall
> and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!
>
> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
> installed OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that
> of an individual install. I just want to make sure.
>
> Regards and thanks in anticipation.
>
> Satyanyaya
>
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 12:15:16 AM

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S_Nyaya wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Maybe it was a wrong choice of words in my posting - but the install
> is perfectly legal (I said so in my OP). It was a Volume Licensed
> install that I meant. Sorry!
>
> The user wants to change it perhaps because there were non-technical
> issues involved (not software-related) in re to his no longer being
> in their employ. But that is none of my business - I am just the guy
> he brought the laptop to this morning!
>
> He has, as mentioned, already purchased a new XP Pro product.
>
> It was me who did the posting because I wanted to save some time and
> labor in the process! The laptop is loaded with software. It works
> perfectly as of right now - which is why I wanted not to disturb
> anything in the first place. But I still needed to explore if
> changing the Key would work - hence the post!!!
>
> Thanks very much for the responses. I am trying out the magicjellybean
> utility later this evening and hope to post a not saying it went okay.
>

That won't work. Use the info on Michael Stevens page.

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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 1:55:55 AM

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Hi,

or maybe remove the WPA files from the System 32 directory then
restart the computer and if everything went "fine", it should ask for a
reactivation
then ,you can use another key, it's faster than reinstall !
But, before, do a backup of your private or personnal files as usual

Try it and let us know

Thierry
--
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Thierry Mathijs
Microsoft MVP Windows XP & Moooh! Shell Users
Microsoft Associate Expert
Think different !! http://www.microsoft.com/belux/fr/piracy/
http://www.msmvps.com/XPditif/

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> a écrit dans le message de
news: u9jOSMvNFHA.3560@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> You'll have to use the new Windows XP Pro CD and
> Product Key and proceed with a "Repair Install".
>
> How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.­com/XPrepairinstall.htm
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "S_Nyaya" wrote:
>
> | Hi,
> |
> | I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
> |
> | I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
> | perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
> longer
> | working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was a
> | Corporate Edition).
> |
> | He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and
> do
> | not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs
> to
> | him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
> |
> | Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a
> way
> | to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and
> activate
> | and register it with that new key?
> |
> | I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
> | several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and
> reinstall
> | and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!
> |
> | One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
> installed
> | OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that of an
> | individual install. I just want to make sure.
> |
> | Regards and thanks in anticipation.
> |
> | Satyanyaya
>
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 2:22:23 AM

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> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
>-

Ooops , better safe than my solution ... and it s on our FAQ too..
I need some rest ;-))
http://a.vouillon.free.fr/faq-winxp.htm#160 :-)
Thanks

Thierry

-
Cordialement
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Microsoft MVP Windows XP & Moooh! Shell Users
Microsoft Associate Expert
Tel: + 32 495/ 326973
Alternate mail: Thierry_Mathijs@msn.com
Think different !! http://www.microsoft.com/belux/fr/piracy/
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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 4:20:20 AM

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In news:uCUeCpxNFHA.2736@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
S_Nyaya <satyanyaya@orion.nebula> respectfully replied ;-)
> Hi,
>
> Maybe it was a wrong choice of words in my posting - but the install
> is perfectly legal (I said so in my OP). It was a Volume Licensed
> install that I meant. Sorry!
>
> The user wants to change it perhaps because there were non-technical
> issues involved (not software-related) in re to his no longer being
> in their employ. But that is none of my business - I am just the guy
> he brought the laptop to this morning!
>
> He has, as mentioned, already purchased a new XP Pro product.
>
> It was me who did the posting because I wanted to save some time and
> labor in the process! The laptop is loaded with software. It works
> perfectly as of right now - which is why I wanted not to disturb
> anything in the first place. But I still needed to explore if
> changing the Key would work - hence the post!!!
>
> Thanks very much for the responses. I am trying out the magicjellybean
> utility later this evening and hope to post a not saying it went okay.
>
> Satyanyaya
>

Magicjellybean will only work with retail versions, if you want to use OEM
Pro to repair install a VLK, "Corporate" XP installation, see the link
below.
Change [Corporate, pirated VLK, etc.] Product Key with OEM Pro CD and valid
Product Key
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#oemrpin
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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 11:45:58 AM

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"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in
message news:eSh0uFyNFHA.3788@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> S_Nyaya wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Maybe it was a wrong choice of words in my posting - but the
install
> > is perfectly legal (I said so in my OP). It was a Volume Licensed
> > install that I meant. Sorry!
> >
> > The user wants to change it perhaps because there were
non-technical
> > issues involved (not software-related) in re to his no longer
being
> > in their employ. But that is none of my business - I am just the
guy
> > he brought the laptop to this morning!
> >
> > He has, as mentioned, already purchased a new XP Pro product.
> >
> > It was me who did the posting because I wanted to save some time
and
> > labor in the process! The laptop is loaded with software. It works
> > perfectly as of right now - which is why I wanted not to disturb
> > anything in the first place. But I still needed to explore if
> > changing the Key would work - hence the post!!!
> >
> > Thanks very much for the responses. I am trying out the
magicjellybean
> > utility later this evening and hope to post a not saying it went
okay.
> >
>
> That won't work. Use the info on Michael Stevens page.
>
There is a tool called RockXP
(http://www.snapfiles.com/get/rockxp.html) that appears to be able to
change the Product Key. I have not tried that feature but thought that
I'd mention it.

Brian Bygland
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 11:46:34 AM

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Michael Stevens wrote:

>
>
> Bruce,
> The OEM Pro version will also work, see the link below to my FAQ. It has
> been verified from several posts that it does work.
> Look for the Do a Repair Install Specialized information for using OEM XP
> Pro CD to change "Corp" Product Key option.
>
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18


Thanks, Mike. I'll try to remember to include that information in
future responses to this type of question.


--

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Help us help you:
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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 11:49:37 AM

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Harry Ohrn wrote:
> This is simple. You need to purchase a retail version of XP Pro - in order
> to get a legitimate key. Run the Magic Jellybean keyfinder from here
> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml . It will display the
> current key. Click on Options in the Magic Jellybean menu and then select
> Change key. Enter the legitimate key from the purchased version of XP Pro.
> Reboot the system. You will be asked to Activate. Do so.
>


Harry, have you verified that Magic Jellybean can change the Product
Key when two disparate (VL and retail, in this case) are involved? And
if the Key can be changed, will the installation accept subsequent
service packs without a problem? I was of the understanding that
Product Keys and License types could not be mixed.


--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
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You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 8:39:14 PM

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"Bruce Chambers" <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> wrote in message
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> Harry Ohrn wrote:
>> This is simple. You need to purchase a retail version of XP Pro - in
>> order to get a legitimate key. Run the Magic Jellybean keyfinder from
>> here http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml . It will display
>> the current key. Click on Options in the Magic Jellybean menu and then
>> select Change key. Enter the legitimate key from the purchased version of
>> XP Pro. Reboot the system. You will be asked to Activate. Do so.
>>
>
>
> Harry, have you verified that Magic Jellybean can change the Product Key
> when two disparate (VL and retail, in this case) are involved? And if the
> Key can be changed, will the installation accept subsequent service packs
> without a problem? I was of the understanding that Product Keys and
> License types could not be mixed.
>
>
> --
>
> Bruce Chambers
>
You are right Bruce. I stand corrected. Thanks. Magical Jellybean will not
accept a non-VL key on a VL install.


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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 8:40:21 PM

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Please accept my apology. The MJB keyfinder will not allow for the
substitution of a non-VL key on a VL install of XP.

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"Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
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> This is simple. You need to purchase a retail version of XP Pro - in order
> to get a legitimate key. Run the Magic Jellybean keyfinder from here
> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml . It will display the
> current key. Click on Options in the Magic Jellybean menu and then select
> Change key. Enter the legitimate key from the purchased version of XP Pro.
> Reboot the system. You will be asked to Activate. Do so.
>
> --
>
> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>
>
> "S_Nyaya" <satyanyaya@orion.nebula> wrote in message
> news:eiSPPHvNFHA.3928@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>>
>> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
>> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
>> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was
>> a Corporate Edition).
>>
>> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and
>> do not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop
>> belongs to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
>>
>> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a
>> way to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and
>> activate and register it with that new key?
>>
>> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
>> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and
>> reinstall and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as
>> of now!
>>
>> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
>> installed OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that
>> of an individual install. I just want to make sure.
>>
>> Regards and thanks in anticipation.
>>
>> Satyanyaya
>>
>
>
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 9:29:04 PM

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Harry Ohrn wrote:

>
> You are right Bruce. I stand corrected. Thanks. Magical Jellybean will not
> accept a non-VL key on a VL install.
>
>


No problem. I just wanted to be sure that I've not been giving out
incorrect information.


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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 11:07:45 PM

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"Bruce Chambers" <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> wrote in message
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> Harry Ohrn wrote:
>
>>
>> You are right Bruce. I stand corrected. Thanks. Magical Jellybean will
>> not accept a non-VL key on a VL install.
>>
>>
>
>
> No problem. I just wanted to be sure that I've not been giving out
> incorrect information.
>
>
> --
>
> Bruce Chambers

I was certain that I had been able to swap keys out once upon a time using a
regular XP Pro key to replace a VL Key. Anyway I can't repo it now.


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Anonymous
April 4, 2005 3:11:21 PM

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Try this...
It tells you what Key you are using and you can also change that key
For windows & Office
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

-Brian

"S_Nyaya" <satyanyaya@orion.nebula> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> I shall be glad if someone can give me pointers if this can be done:
>
> I need to reinstall Windows XP Pro on one machine that already has a
> perfectly working and valid OS (same) on it. However, the user is no
> longer working with the company in where he had installed that OS (it was
> a Corporate Edition).
>
> He has already purchased another copy of the OS. I am only the tech and do
> not really know why he needs to do the change though! The laptop belongs
> to him and I guess he just wants his "own" OS installed on it.
>
> Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is there a way
> to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
> and register it with that new key?
>
> I am just exploring this possibility because the machine as of now has
> several utilities on it which will take me a while to gather and reinstall
> and configure all over again! And the machine works superbly as of now!
>
> One friend here said it might not be possible because the original
> installed OS was a Corporate Edition while the key to the new SW is that
> of an individual install. I just want to make sure.
>
> Regards and thanks in anticipation.
>
> Satyanyaya
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 3:16:29 PM

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Brian McMullen wrote:
> Try this...
> It tells you what Key you are using and you can also change that key
> For windows & Office
> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>

Try this...
Read the friggin' thread before posting.

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Anonymous
April 4, 2005 3:26:57 PM

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Maybe you should try the same A$$munch!

And I quote "Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling everything - is
there a way
to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and activate
and register it with that new key? "




"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
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> Brian McMullen wrote:
>> Try this...
>> It tells you what Key you are using and you can also change that key
>> For windows & Office
>> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>>
>
> Try this...
> Read the friggin' thread before posting.
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
>
April 4, 2005 3:46:08 PM

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In article <OmJc#qSOFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
<brianmataetnadotcom>, says...

> Maybe you should try the same A$$munch!

A$$munch?
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 3:49:23 PM

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Sorry, trying to keep it clean for the kiddies, what I was thinkin was much
more obscene but not propper for a NG.


"ByTor" <ByTor@snowdog.com> wrote in message
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> In article <OmJc#qSOFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
> <brianmataetnadotcom>, says...
>
>> Maybe you should try the same A$$munch!
>
> A$$munch?
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 4:25:31 PM

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Brian McMullen wrote:

> "kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in
> message news:o drwJlSOFHA.3312@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> Brian McMullen wrote:
>>> Try this...
>>> It tells you what Key you are using and you can also change that key
>>> For windows & Office
>>> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>>>
>>
>> Try this...
>> Read the friggin' thread before posting.
>
> Maybe you should try the same A$$munch!
>
> And I quote "Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling
> everything - is there a way
> to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and
> activate and register it with that new key? "

That will work ONLY with using another Key for the same type of media.

The OP wants to change a VL install to non-VL one, and the
Magicjellybean won't do that.

Had you read the ENTIRE thread, not just the OP, you may have been able
to figure that out before posting your BS. And besides, you don't even
need a special tool to change keys of similar types, you can do it with
the activation wizard that is part of Windows XP.

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Anonymous
April 4, 2005 5:34:38 PM

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Whatever dude...
I replied to HIS post with a fix that worked for me.



"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
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> Brian McMullen wrote:
>
>> "kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in
>> message news:o drwJlSOFHA.3312@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>> Brian McMullen wrote:
>>>> Try this...
>>>> It tells you what Key you are using and you can also change that key
>>>> For windows & Office
>>>> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>>>>
>>>
>>> Try this...
>>> Read the friggin' thread before posting.
>>
>> Maybe you should try the same A$$munch!
>>
>> And I quote "Instead of doing a clean wipe and reinstalling
>> everything - is there a way
>> to change just the Serial number (using it from the new copy) and
>> activate and register it with that new key? "
>
> That will work ONLY with using another Key for the same type of media.
>
> The OP wants to change a VL install to non-VL one, and the Magicjellybean
> won't do that.
>
> Had you read the ENTIRE thread, not just the OP, you may have been able to
> figure that out before posting your BS. And besides, you don't even need
> a special tool to change keys of similar types, you can do it with the
> activation wizard that is part of Windows XP.
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 7:09:31 PM

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Brian McMullen wrote:
> Whatever dude...
> I replied to HIS post with a fix that worked for me.
>

You were able to change a VL PK to a non VL-PK with the utility from
Magic Jellybean?

I very much doubt that.

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Anonymous
April 4, 2005 8:14:54 PM

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Ahhhh, I've seen the err of my ways......
I'm now going to create a Kurtalisman and will wear it always.....
Whenever I think of touching another keyboard I'll pay homage to Kurt.
I can only dream to aspire to your level of technical enlightenment.
We are truly not worthy of your presence in these newsgroups.
In fact, no one should be able to post a reply to any requests for help
until you've already replied


Kurt is Dead!
Long live Kurt!!!!



"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
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> Brian McMullen wrote:
>> Whatever dude...
>> I replied to HIS post with a fix that worked for me.
>>
>
> You were able to change a VL PK to a non VL-PK with the utility from Magic
> Jellybean?
>
> I very much doubt that.
>
> --
> Peace!
> Kurt
> Self-anointed Moderator
> microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
> http://microscum.com/mscommunity
> "Trustworthy Computing" is only another example of an Oxymoron!
> "Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei"
>
April 4, 2005 8:27:46 PM

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In article <eQVjg3SOFHA.3668@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
<brianmataetnadotcom>, says...

>
> Sorry, trying to keep it clean for the kiddies, what I was thinkin was much
> more obscene but not propper for a NG.

I understood the word just wondered what an assmunch was... ;0)
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 8:39:15 PM

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LMAO!
One who muches the ass of others...

"ByTor" <ByTor@snowdog.com> wrote in message
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> In article <eQVjg3SOFHA.3668@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
> <brianmataetnadotcom>, says...
>
>>
>> Sorry, trying to keep it clean for the kiddies, what I was thinkin was
>> much
>> more obscene but not propper for a NG.
>
> I understood the word just wondered what an assmunch was... ;0)
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 8:42:05 PM

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Brian McMullen wrote:
> Ahhhh, I've seen the err of my ways......

LOL! I doubt that too.

> I'm now going to create a Kurtalisman and will wear it always.....

I'm not into graven images.

> Whenever I think of touching another keyboard I'll pay homage to Kurt.

Send all checks and money orders to . . . .

> I can only dream to aspire to your level of technical enlightenment.

That would just be false hope.

> We are truly not worthy of your presence in these newsgroups.

That is for sure.

> In fact, no one should be able to post a reply to any requests for
> help until you've already replied

No, just read the whole friggin' thread before replying, is it really
all that difficult?

> Kurt is Dead!

No, I'm not!

> Long live Kurt!!!!

At least till my body and mind really start to fail me, then pull my
feeding tube, _AND_ then overdose me on morphine. Cremate me, after
death, and sprinkle my ashes in as many bongs as you can find!

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Anonymous
April 4, 2005 8:43:39 PM

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Brian McMullen wrote:
> LMAO!
> One who muches the ass of others...

You know that through your own personal experience munching butts, I'd
wager

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April 4, 2005 8:56:01 PM

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In article <#hsKfZVOFHA.3388@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
<brianmataetnadotcom>, says...

> LMAO!
> One who muches the ass of others...

There's a visual...........Ewwwwwww! ;0)

All kidding aside though, kurts cool once you understand em.......

>
> "ByTor" <ByTor@snowdog.com> wrote in message
> news:cqh4e.10498$%z4.1638@fe44.usenetserver.com...
> > In article <eQVjg3SOFHA.3668@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Brian McMullen"
> > <brianmataetnadotcom>, says...
> >
> >>
> >> Sorry, trying to keep it clean for the kiddies, what I was thinkin was
> >> much
> >> more obscene but not propper for a NG.
> >
> > I understood the word just wondered what an assmunch was... ;0)
> >
>
>
>
April 7, 2005 7:50:20 PM

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On Mon 04 Apr 2005 20:09:31, kurttrail wrote:
<news:o 3MGYnUOFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>

>
> Brian McMullen wrote:
>> Whatever dude...
>> I replied to HIS post with a fix that worked for me.
>>
>
> You were able to change a VL PK to a non VL-PK with the utility
> from Magic Jellybean?
>
> I very much doubt that.
>

Kurt, not everyone has the same problems with Magic Jellybean's
utility as you do.
!