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July 30, 2005 8:45:39 PM

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Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and just
learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro (Corporate)
installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license, I found that rather
odd.... But we did find out what happened.

Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a hard
drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and I was able
to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be fixed over the
weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all was fixed" says my
friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows with SP2 to save you some
time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough, within a couple hours of loading
all my CAD software, Adobe products and restoring the ton's of files from
backups - we were up and running. I even did some Windows update on the
system at that time and it has worked well since...

The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email account
setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many updates since
last year. But after hearing about the new validation process and seeing it
being done on the other workstations, I decided to update the CAD station as
well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks I'm a stinking, no good software
pirate......

Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were unknowingly using
an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away (Lupus) so
I can't ask him for advice and so I'm turning to the guru's here for the
"How-to- do it". I have a legit license and Product Key for the workstation
but how do I go about getting the "real" product key into this version?
More importantly - can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?

I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter the
product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you even do
that?

Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do a
total reinstall of everything.

Thanks,

bob
July 30, 2005 8:45:40 PM

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

I have not personally done this, but a repair re install should work fine.
( Not repair console,,,,,) Use a legal full version XP pro.
It will ask you for the key and you enter the Full version Pro key and use
that CD.
`d


"Bob" <no-spam@abc.com> wrote in message
news:uC8wgeUlFHA.1204@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and just
> learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
> (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license, I
> found that rather odd.... But we did find out what happened.
>
> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a hard
> drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and I was
> able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be fixed over
> the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all was fixed" says
> my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows with SP2 to save you
> some time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough, within a couple hours of
> loading all my CAD software, Adobe products and restoring the ton's of
> files from backups - we were up and running. I even did some Windows
> update on the system at that time and it has worked well since...
>
> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email account
> setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many updates since
> last year. But after hearing about the new validation process and seeing
> it being done on the other workstations, I decided to update the CAD
> station as well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks I'm a stinking, no good
> software pirate......
>
> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were unknowingly
> using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away
> (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm turning to the guru's
> here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit license and Product Key for
> the workstation but how do I go about getting the "real" product key into
> this version? More importantly - can it be done or must I reload
> everything from scratch?
>
> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter the
> product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
> illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you even do
> that?
>
> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do a
> total reinstall of everything.
>
> Thanks,
>
> bob
>
Anonymous
July 30, 2005 8:45:40 PM

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

You need to perform a "Repair Install" using your new
Product Key and the Windows XP CD that came with it.

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...

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

"Bob" wrote:

| Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and just
| learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro (Corporate)
| installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license, I found that rather
| odd.... But we did find out what happened.
|
| Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a hard
| drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and I was able
| to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be fixed over the
| weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all was fixed" says my
| friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows with SP2 to save you some
| time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough, within a couple hours of loading
| all my CAD software, Adobe products and restoring the ton's of files from
| backups - we were up and running. I even did some Windows update on the
| system at that time and it has worked well since...
|
| The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email account
| setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many updates since
| last year. But after hearing about the new validation process and seeing it
| being done on the other workstations, I decided to update the CAD station as
| well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks I'm a stinking, no good software
| pirate......
|
| Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were unknowingly using
| an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away (Lupus) so
| I can't ask him for advice and so I'm turning to the guru's here for the
| "How-to- do it". I have a legit license and Product Key for the workstation
| but how do I go about getting the "real" product key into this version?
| More importantly - can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?
|
| I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter the
| product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
| illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you even do
| that?
|
| Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do a
| total reinstall of everything.
|
| Thanks,
|
| bob
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July 31, 2005 1:11:22 AM

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Carey,

Thanks for confirming that. I've been reading the KB articles on MS site but
nothing really said it would work (corp version versus retail) but seeing as
how you believe it will work - we'll give it a shot next weekend. Worst
case, I'll have a very long weekend - you should see the updates you have to
reinstall for some of these CAD programs....

Appreciate your time,

bob


"Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:o 6xrM9UlFHA.2904@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> You need to perform a "Repair Install" using your new
> Product Key and the Windows XP CD that came with it.
>
> 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...
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "Bob" wrote:
>
> | Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and
> just
> | learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
> (Corporate)
> | installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license, I found that
> rather
> | odd.... But we did find out what happened.
> |
> | Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a hard
> | drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and I was
> able
> | to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be fixed over
> the
> | weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all was fixed" says my
> | friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows with SP2 to save you
> some
> | time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough, within a couple hours of
> loading
> | all my CAD software, Adobe products and restoring the ton's of files
> from
> | backups - we were up and running. I even did some Windows update on the
> | system at that time and it has worked well since...
> |
> | The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
> account
> | setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many updates
> since
> | last year. But after hearing about the new validation process and
> seeing it
> | being done on the other workstations, I decided to update the CAD
> station as
> | well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks I'm a stinking, no good software
> | pirate......
> |
> | Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were unknowingly
> using
> | an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away (Lupus)
> so
> | I can't ask him for advice and so I'm turning to the guru's here for the
> | "How-to- do it". I have a legit license and Product Key for the
> workstation
> | but how do I go about getting the "real" product key into this version?
> | More importantly - can it be done or must I reload everything from
> scratch?
> |
> | I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter the
> | product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
> | illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you even
> do
> | that?
> |
> | Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do a
> | total reinstall of everything.
> |
> | Thanks,
> |
> | bob
>
July 31, 2005 1:13:31 AM

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David,

Your assumption is apparently correct - Carey Frisch (MVP) say's it's so and
we will either buy 'em a brew or send the no-neck fella from Buffalo to
visit him if he's wrong........;-)

Thanks for your input,

bob


"David" <nosmo86@)hotmail.invalid> wrote in message
news:o 6aya8UlFHA.4000@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>I have not personally done this, but a repair re install should work fine.
> ( Not repair console,,,,,) Use a legal full version XP pro.
> It will ask you for the key and you enter the Full version Pro key and use
> that CD.
> `d
>
>
> "Bob" <no-spam@abc.com> wrote in message
> news:uC8wgeUlFHA.1204@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and just
>> learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
>> (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license, I
>> found that rather odd.... But we did find out what happened.
>>
>> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a hard
>> drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and I was
>> able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be fixed
>> over the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all was fixed"
>> says my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows with SP2 to
>> save you some time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough, within a couple
>> hours of loading all my CAD software, Adobe products and restoring the
>> ton's of files from backups - we were up and running. I even did some
>> Windows update on the system at that time and it has worked well since...
>>
>> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
>> account setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many
>> updates since last year. But after hearing about the new validation
>> process and seeing it being done on the other workstations, I decided to
>> update the CAD station as well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks I'm a
>> stinking, no good software pirate......
>>
>> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were unknowingly
>> using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away
>> (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm turning to the guru's
>> here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit license and Product Key for
>> the workstation but how do I go about getting the "real" product key into
>> this version? More importantly - can it be done or must I reload
>> everything from scratch?
>>
>> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter the
>> product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
>> illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you even do
>> that?
>>
>> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do a
>> total reinstall of everything.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> bob
>>
>
Anonymous
July 31, 2005 1:17:12 AM

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Bob wrote:
> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and
> just learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
> (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license,
> I found that rather odd.... But we did find out what happened.
>
> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a
> hard drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and
> I was able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be
> fixed over the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all
> was fixed" says my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows
> with SP2 to save you some time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough,
> within a couple hours of loading all my CAD software, Adobe products
> and restoring the ton's of files from backups - we were up and
> running. I even did some Windows update on the system at that time
> and it has worked well since...
> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
> account setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many
> updates since last year. But after hearing about the new validation
> process and seeing it being done on the other workstations, I decided
> to update the CAD station as well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks
> I'm a stinking, no good software pirate......
>
> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were
> unknowingly using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has
> since passed away (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm
> turning to the guru's here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit
> license and Product Key for the workstation but how do I go about
> getting the "real" product key into this version? More importantly -
> can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?
> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter
> the product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
> illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you
> even do that?
>
> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do
> a total reinstall of everything.
>
> Thanks,
>
> bob

I'd try using Mike's instructions on changing the Product Key first.

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

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July 31, 2005 1:59:05 AM

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Thank you and there are a couple of helpful programs there as well that I
can try that supposedly will do all the heavy lifting. We'll try the easy
solutions first and see how that works. Don't dare try anything until after
next weekend since I'm working on a project and it would be a major hassle
if that workstation goes belly up - for any reason, much less me mucking
around with it.

Thank you for link,

bob

"kurttrail" <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote in message
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> Bob wrote:
>> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and
>> just learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
>> (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license,
>> I found that rather odd.... But we did find out what happened.
>>
>> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a
>> hard drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and
>> I was able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be
>> fixed over the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all
>> was fixed" says my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows
>> with SP2 to save you some time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough,
>> within a couple hours of loading all my CAD software, Adobe products
>> and restoring the ton's of files from backups - we were up and
>> running. I even did some Windows update on the system at that time
>> and it has worked well since...
>> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
>> account setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many
>> updates since last year. But after hearing about the new validation
>> process and seeing it being done on the other workstations, I decided
>> to update the CAD station as well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks
>> I'm a stinking, no good software pirate......
>>
>> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were
>> unknowingly using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has
>> since passed away (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm
>> turning to the guru's here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit
>> license and Product Key for the workstation but how do I go about
>> getting the "real" product key into this version? More importantly -
>> can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?
>> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter
>> the product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
>> illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you
>> even do that?
>>
>> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do
>> a total reinstall of everything.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> bob
>
> I'd try using Mike's instructions on changing the Product Key first.
>
> 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"
>
Anonymous
July 31, 2005 2:02:44 AM

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On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 21:17:12 -0400, "kurttrail"
<dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote:

>Bob wrote:
>> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and
>> just learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP Pro
>> (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate license,
>> I found that rather odd.... But we did find out what happened.
>>
>> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a
>> hard drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon and
>> I was able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it could be
>> fixed over the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday and "all
>> was fixed" says my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy of Windows
>> with SP2 to save you some time....". Thanks buddy and sure enough,
>> within a couple hours of loading all my CAD software, Adobe products
>> and restoring the ton's of files from backups - we were up and
>> running. I even did some Windows update on the system at that time
>> and it has worked well since...
>> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
>> account setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many
>> updates since last year. But after hearing about the new validation
>> process and seeing it being done on the other workstations, I decided
>> to update the CAD station as well. Nope, no good and MS now thinks
>> I'm a stinking, no good software pirate......
>>
>> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were
>> unknowingly using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has
>> since passed away (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm
>> turning to the guru's here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit
>> license and Product Key for the workstation but how do I go about
>> getting the "real" product key into this version? More importantly -
>> can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?
>> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter
>> the product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is the
>> illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can you
>> even do that?
>>
>> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to do
>> a total reinstall of everything.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> bob
>
>I'd try using Mike's instructions on changing the Product Key first.
>
>http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18

Now you tell someone to change the product key Kurt?
You got on me for giving similar advice.


Greg Ro
Anonymous
July 31, 2005 4:07:37 AM

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Greg Ro wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 21:17:12 -0400, "kurttrail"
> <dontemailme@anywhereintheknowuniverse.org> wrote:
>
>> Bob wrote:
>>> Have 5 WinXP systems and licenses (all valid) here in the office and
>>> just learned that my CAD workstation has an illegal copy of WinXP
>>> Pro (Corporate) installed. Since I didn't purchase a corporate
>>> license, I found that rather odd.... But we did find out what
>>> happened.
>>>
>>> Last year, the CAD station went belly-up and the motherboard and a
>>> hard drive were toast. Luckily, it happened on a Friday afternoon
>>> and I was able to drop it off at my friends computer store so it
>>> could be fixed over the weekend. Picked it up the following Monday
>>> and "all was fixed" says my friend "I even loaded you a fresh copy
>>> of Windows with SP2 to save you some time....". Thanks buddy and
>>> sure enough, within a couple hours of loading all my CAD software,
>>> Adobe products and restoring the ton's of files from backups - we
>>> were up and running. I even did some Windows update on the system
>>> at that time and it has worked well since...
>>> The CAD station is seldom ever used for surfing, there is no email
>>> account setup on that system and I honestly don't recall doing many
>>> updates since last year. But after hearing about the new validation
>>> process and seeing it being done on the other workstations, I
>>> decided to update the CAD station as well. Nope, no good and MS
>>> now thinks I'm a stinking, no good software pirate......
>>>
>>> Well, my friend did me a favor and for over a year we were
>>> unknowingly using an illegal copy. Unfortunately, my friend has
>>> since passed away (Lupus) so I can't ask him for advice and so I'm
>>> turning to the guru's here for the "How-to- do it". I have a legit
>>> license and Product Key for the workstation but how do I go about
>>> getting the "real" product key into this version? More importantly -
>>> can it be done or must I reload everything from scratch?
>>> I've been reading about doing an in-place upgrade and you then enter
>>> the product key but I'll be updating a Corporate version, which is
>>> the illegitimate child and using a WinXP Pro retail version - can
>>> you even do that?
>>>
>>> Appreciate your help and hopefully I can do this without having to
>>> do a total reinstall of everything.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> bob
>>
>> I'd try using Mike's instructions on changing the Product Key first.
>>
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaqnojs.htm#18
>
> Now you tell someone to change the product key Kurt?
> You got on me for giving similar advice.

No. You are telling people to change the product key on an already
legitimate OEM installation.

The OP is trying to change his illegit install to a legitimate one. Not
the same situation at all.

If MS is having a problem with validating legitimate OEM installs, then
it is up to them to find a way to get their WGA code to work with them,
and people shouldn't have to go mucking around fixing what ain't broken.

When it is a matter of illegit installs, then it is up to the computer
owner to find a way to be seen as legit to WGA, if they want to
validate.

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