Change Windows 2000 Type on CD

Posted on 2006-05-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Hi all,

I was reading this is somewhat possible for XP, but I have yet to read anything about 2000.

I have a retail CD of 2000 Pro.  I have an OEM key on a machine that I'd like to use, but of course, retail + OEM key = no go.

So, I was wondering if there was a way to change something on the retail CD to make it accept OEM keys?  I've read that changing the PID in the file SETUPP.INI to 51873270 (from 51873000) will cause Windows not to ask for a key, but I want to be able to put the key in.

Can this be done?  If not I'll just remove it from asking for a key, because I'd rather use no key than a stolen one :)

Question by:christo87
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    You cannot reuse an OEM key - it is licensed for use ONLY on the original machine it is installed on.

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    I'm trying to get it going it on the machine the sticker with the key is on - that should be a legal move, right?
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    The problem is that OEM and reteil keys have a different format. I've been confronted with the problem several times. The solution I chose was to always have one OEM CD at hand (retail CDs are not a problem since one CD=one license key).

    Often, with OEM installations, the OS is pre-installed on the HD, and if you crash the disk, you're toast, because sometimes they don't event deliver a CD with the machine.

    From a legal point of view, using any OEM CD with the key on the machine's sticker should indeed be your best move. You can even borrow a CD from a friend, it will be perfectly legal since you did buy the license with the PC, so that won't be piracy.


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