Need a Serial Badly
Posted 19 July 2005 - 03:53 PM
Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:20 PM
Nor can I give you a cd-key....I only have one for each machine I own, so not sure what you're asking for.
Do you have a legitimate cd, the one with the hologram burned into the cd? And a legitimate sticker with a Certificate of Authenticity (and cd-key)?
There was a windows amesty program where if you provided a proof of purchase and turned in the pirated cd, AND reported the person who sold it to you, microsoft would give you a new windows cd.
I do not know if that is still being done
Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:27 PM
Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:30 PM
...I sympathize with your situation, but while I am sure you did nothing wrong, you are asking us to be complicit in your pc makers piracy....
It sounds like the pc maker installed your OS on multiple machines...there's not much that can be done from our standpoint, other than tell you how to pirate windows, and we do not do that.
Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:36 PM
Posted 19 July 2005 - 04:42 PM
An OEM copy, note, means the license travels with the machine, not the owner, so ifyou sell the pc, you must turn over the cd and COA
Also, Microsoft does not provide support for OEM copies (not that their support is worth anything--with one caveat...if you scratch a retail cd, MS will send a new one, scratch and OEM and you are out of luck so the first thing you do is copy the cd and lock the original in a vault)
Posted 15 August 2005 - 12:59 AM
Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:30 AM
Start-> Run. Type: oobe/msoobe /a. Press Enter.
This will open the Windows Activation Wizard. There should be a change serial key option some-where in the Wizard; I can't remember, because I can't run the Wizard again as my Windows is already activated.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:37 AM
Is there a simple solution? Or should I throw my OEM cd out and purchase a full version?
Posted 15 August 2005 - 01:50 AM
Run regedit and go to:
on the right double click on "OOBEtimer" and change at least one digit of this value to deactivate windows.
Now run the Activation Wizard as suggested before.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 04:08 AM
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Edited by Keith, 15 August 2005 - 04:24 AM.
Posted 21 August 2005 - 05:04 PM
I went through the process as you described and unfortunately was prompted with the response "incorrect product id". I went through the process of phoning Microsoft and the issue is now back a the retailer to clarify with Microsoft the correct serial number.
But in the meantime wanted to check back with you (or anyone on this board).
Do you think the above problem might be due to the fact that I didn't install the Microsoft XP Pro from the CD or that it had another product key previous to this one?
Have you seen similar problems in other cases?
Thought I'd just check.
Thanks for the help.
Posted 21 August 2005 - 05:11 PM
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