I received a laptop with a formatted hardrive. I installed my windows xp home edition and have downloaded all the updates (8 hrs!). After I have done all this I found the original verification sticker with the serial number. As I'm doing this for a friend I would like the original serial number to be on the laptop. Does anybody know if it is possible to change the serial number in the registry? Thanks
....and also, what OS was on the laptop before you used your XP disc to install?
If you were installing XP on your friends computer then you MUST use the product key on the verification sticker on his comp provided he had XP on it originally. You cannot use your product key as this would be illegal, and Microsoft does not like that.
Thanks all for your replies. I apologise for the confusion. Please let me explain. Friends of mine go to Africa every year as missionaries. To help a Bishop out there, they asked in a local church if anybody had a laptop they didn’t want. They received a laptop but unfortunately the hard drive was totally wiped. So they asked me if I could get it working. I loaded my legal Windows XP SP2 onto it and as I am now technically the owner of this laptop, I believe this is legal. This is the same OS as I have on my home computer. I downloaded all the updates including SP3. To get round the legal technicalities, I shall be lending this laptop to the Bishop in Africa. (Is this legal? I don’t know!) Anyhow after I had completed all the work I found the original sticker of authenticity with the XP product code on the underside of the laptop. As I was not happy with my product code being used in Africa, I want to change the product code to the original code that came with the laptop without having to format and reload yet again. I hope this clears up any confusion. Thanks
Yes, you can use the original Key found on the laptop - it would be illegal to have left it as it was, with your key on it - assuming that you are still using your own OS and key on your own pc at the same time.