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so, i cant install the updates i download for windows XP.

i had an old machine and i bought XP professional for it and installed. i had the computer for a while, and then decided to build a new one. between the time i bought XP and the time i built my new computer, i lost the little cd case that has the xp cdkey on it. I needed to get windows installed, so i went online and just found some random cdkey. I used it, and was able to install windows. Now that i have it installed, i download the updates (ie. service packs) and i have them downloaded, but it gives me an error that says i have an invalid cdkey. well, now i am in quite a pinch.

does anyone know any fix to this?

i know that on microsofts site, they tell you how to change the cdkey if you already have windows installed. So, i know it can be done. but, i am wondering how the heck i am gonna get a cdkey that will be valid and will allow me to install the crutial updates. i am seriously perplexed. anyone know?

thank you soo much!!!
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The usual way is with a key finder though this is likely to just give you the duff key you slapped in. Call Microsoft to tell them you lost the CD key and they will give you a valid one
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