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i installed a Windows XP evaluation copy on my computer. how can i update it to my retail-version without losing all of my stuff partition C:\ ?
Windows expires in 3 hours.
Is there any way to just change my license-key without reinstalling windows?

ASAP!
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Call your local Microsoft Office to obtain the license to use your current install
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I already have a new license. I need to know how to install it without losing all my stuff on partition C:/
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Goto Start >> Run >> and type in %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /A
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thanks dude:)
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No problem. Glad I could help. :whistling:
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hey. do u know how to get into windows when it has expired? i have to get into windows to change my license.
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1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

3. In the left pane, locate and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents

4. In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify.

5. Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows.

6. Click Start, and then click Run.

7. In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK.

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

8. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next.

9. Click Change Product key.

10. Type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click Update.

If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me later, and then restart the computer.

11. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to verify that Windows is activated. You receive the following message:
Windows is already activated. Click OK to exit.

12. Click OK.

Which should be enough, 13 should not be necessary

13. Install Windows XP SP1 or a later version of Windows XP.

If you cannot restart Windows after you install Windows XP SP1 or a later version of Windows XP, press F8 when you restart the computer, select Last Known Good Configuration, and then repeat this procedure.
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i know, but to do that, i have to get into windows on MY computer. do u know how to do that?
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It is supposed to give the option of limited use or activate now

What is yours doing
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when i log on; it says that windows xp sp2 has expired and needs to be upgraded to a retailversion of windows.
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Where did you get this version of XP?
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i got from my neighbour. it is a limited testversion of windows xp professional.
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You will probably be quicker asking the neighbour or Microsoft for access instructions
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