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Convert OEM licence to Volume License

Hi.

I have a Windows Media Centre PC that is configured to my specs. It is not activated as yet. I have a legitimate license for MCE but it is not OEM - We are Volume Licence customers of Microsoft.

The product that is installed is an OEM version, so when I put my VLK or even a MSDN valid key into the system when it asks for a valid key Windows then responds that the key is invalid.

Is there a way that I can change the product ID so that it will accept the VLK. I have downloaded a tool from  Microsoft Genuine Advantage that allows you to change your product ID, but I don't want to screw my installation up, and I don't want to reinstall.

Can someone please advise.

Thanks.

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wbcintsol
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jalilthe1Commented:
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David WallCommented:
I thought you could only change the key for a the same product so on an oem install you can only use a an oem key you cant change it to an vlk.

But then again I didnt think you could get a volume licence key for MCE, as this is a consumer product.

David
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Adam LeinssCommented:
You need to use VL media to use VLKs.  No other way.
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myron-szyCommented:
aleinss is right.  I recall that purchasing the media might cost you only a small amount from a Microsoft reseller.  Maybe about $35?  Here in ther UK (where I am) the cost of Windows XP Professional media for use with a VLK was about £23.
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David WallCommented:
Could I put in a claim for points please:

My comments were similar to alienss just stating that you can only licence a OEM system with a OEM key.

Regards David
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