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Have a pirated version of XP, want to make it genuine


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A friend of mine has a computer that won't pass WGA validation. I've verified it does, in fact, contain a pirated version of Windows XP (Professional, pre-any service pack). I've told my friend that her only option to be able to update Windows is to obtain a legitimate version.

She agreed, but I'm trying to find the cheapest possible deal for her.

This is what I found: http://www.microcent...duct_id=0294716

It's labeled as "Microsoft OEM Windows XP Professional with SP3 System Builder Edition."

I'm not exactly sure what the terms "OEM" and "System Builder Edition" mean in this instance.

What I'd like to do is... take the product key that I will get with the above version and change the current product key so I won't have to do a re-install. Is this not possible? If not, can you provide another option?

thanks for any adivce,
mike
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you a may be able to just buy the license from microsoft .
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I'm not exactly sure what the terms "OEM" and "System Builder Edition" mean in this instance.


Hi Mike,

OEM I'm almost certain stands for Own Equipment Manufacturer and System Builder Edition are both nothing more that cheaper versions of Windows sold to manufacturers and builders of PC systems. Often these versions come as just a bare bones operating system without any other options eg: no recovery console. I may be slightly off with my version but its along those lines :)

As for your dilemma, why not just buy a legit copy of XP? You can get a genuine copy from Ebay now for a good price if you can live without all the unnecessary packaging :)

Chris
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go here ..
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 ..$89.99 with free shipping

Edited by happyrock, 20 February 2009 - 05:10 PM.

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Thanks for all the replies. I'll probably go with HappyRock's suggestion, though I will need to buy the XP Professional version, which is more expensive, since that's what's already on the computer, and my intent is to just change the product key to a legal one instead of completely reinstalling. I hope that is possible.
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and my intent is to just change the product key to a legal one instead of completely reinstalling. I hope that is possible.

nope...

what do you need pro for...exactly...
when you get the xp home cd you just boot from it and format the partition/drive and install it...doesn't mater what was there before...

Edited by happyrock, 20 February 2009 - 05:16 PM.

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She doesn't NEED Pro specifically. But since Pro is already on there and I'm trying to make it legal without a format and reinstall--I just want to change the product key, if possible--I figure it should be a Pro CD that is purchased.

I found an application on Microsoft's website called "Windows Product Key Update Tool." I'm hoping that will do the trick.
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let us know how it works out...
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The "Windows Product Key Update Tool" didn't work. It wouldn't let me update the key. But I did some searching on the web and found a registry edit trick to allow me to change the product key. I did, and Windows validates now and lets me install updates. So I was able to get this fixed without a reinstall. Thanks for all the advice guys!
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