Windows Genuine Advantage apply a new licence key ?


Hello,

I have a clients computer which was built a year or so back with the incorrect licence key (it did not match up with the CoA on the side of the computer).

They now get the messages appearing on start up and when they log into Windows to say that there copy of Windows may be counterfeit etc…

However I have never actually been on a computer where I have seen these messages and do not know if you know have a genuine licence key how to apply this with out reinstalling the whole os…

Would it be possible for anyone to tell me whether if you are getting these messages you can apply a new licence key without reinstallation ?

Step by step instructions would be great.

Many thanks

GISVPN

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simpswrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This may be as close to an official way to do it that there is: . . http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=420092&SiteID=25
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Robin HickmottSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Try winKeyFinder http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4501.html

they removed the "Legitimate" system of forcing a reactivate by OOBE in SP1.
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
ok can this be used for Windows XP SP2 ? If so is this a recommended piece of software from Microsoft or a reputable company ?

Thanks

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Robin HickmottSoftware DeveloperCommented:
ironically with this thing you may have to look for a illegitimate way of making your windows legit.

Microsoft had a "Legitimate" way of changing key in SP0 and SP1 by changing a registry value and forcing the activation program to fun. On it theres an option for entering a new key and reactivating windows. From what ive seen in SP2 this method no longer works.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874/en-us has "legitimate" information on SP0 and 1 changing you may have joy depending on what version you have installed.
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
yikes, ok thanks, can anyone else confirm this ? :) you cannot change the licence key in SP2 ?
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and235100Commented:
Sorry, rhickmott - didn't see your post.

Further to this, though - you can use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to change the key:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
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javeedabdulCommented:
read this
http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/886
10 ways to get it out

get the geniune thing out  of the computer

then run
jellybean and change the key to what you wnated
thats it

should work fine
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Hi simpswr - sounds promising will try this with the user.

Thanks everyone else, if this fails will try the other suggested solutions !

Thanks

GISVPN
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simpswrCommented:
Good luck with it
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
Still working on this, bear with me ;)
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gisvpnAuthor Commented:
simpswr

ok sorry this has taken so long to get back to you. The solution you recommended would have worked - i think, however this client has Windows XP Pro installed with a current Windows XP Pro licence (not genuine) and is trying to change to a Windows Home Licence so obviously would not work when trying to change it. However i think that i def would be able to use this in the future, neat tool.

Thanks
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