Lost Win XP Serial/Key

  rmcqua 14:20 13 Oct 2005

In a recent house move my Win XP Home CD got separated from its case and paperwork and I have lost its serial/key number. I now want to install it on a PC I have built for my son. Any ideas, please ?
It is a full, original, Win XP CD, purchased in the USA when I used to live there.
It is not currently installed on any other machine.


  john-232317 14:28 13 Oct 2005

I think you will have to contact M$ with the problem and hope it falls on helpful ears.

  SANTOS7 14:36 13 Oct 2005

Without any proof of authentication the ears may be none to helpfull, you may have to purchase another user licence for it
click here

  rmcqua 14:46 13 Oct 2005

Thanks Guys,
I will give MS a call. I'm quite prepared to send the CD back to them if they want to check its authenticity.

  SANTOS7 14:49 13 Oct 2005

That might not be a bad idea, hope it goes well for you....

  Stuartli 15:03 13 Oct 2005

Download Belarc Advisor - it lists them - or try freeware password utilities from:

click here

  SANTOS7 15:07 13 Oct 2005

Not sure how you would use that if you cannot install the disc in the first place because the licence key (he has not)!!

  Stuartli 15:31 13 Oct 2005

You're right - I should read right to the end of threads...:-((

I presumed it was already installed on one system.

But the advice could still be useful another time...:-)

  SANTOS7 15:35 13 Oct 2005

Yes, i have bookmarked the site it will come in handy, its a shame how the innocents may suffer i hope Microsoft will realise that there are some genuine people out there that have a bit of a "stonewall" problem and there is a satisfactory outcome..

  rmcqua 09:10 14 Oct 2005

Thanks for all your useful comments guys.

I spoke to Microsoft and they were understanding and helpful. Having satisfied themselves with the hologram part number off the disk, and taking all my personal details, they gave me a new serial no!
Good old Microsoft !

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