Microsoft problem

  geoff47 15:13 19 Jun 2011

I bought an old PC some time ago that has been used in my small shop as a Point of Sale, scanning and retrieving prices etc. It has never been connected to the internet until today. I wanted to install a video CCTV system on it, and needed to install NET Framework for it to work, so I connected to the internet and went for an update when prompted. As soon as this was installed the browser opened and informed me the XP was counterfeit.

How do I stand with this ?

The PC was bought in good faith as an old system.

  bremner 15:42 19 Jun 2011

Good faith means nothing, it was your responsibility to ensure it was a genuine copy.

You will need to buy a genuine version to be able to carry on as you intend.

  Nontek 15:47 19 Jun 2011

No harm in giving Microsoft a call to ask there opinion. If in UK, telephone 0844 800 2400.

  geoff47 15:52 19 Jun 2011

I have just discovered the number I gave online (on a sticker on side of PC) is different from the number I recovered using Fey Finder.

I shall give that number a call thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:26 19 Jun 2011

Change KEY

Changing the Windows XP product key may be necessary if you discover your current key is pirated or illegal but you don't want to reinstall Windows XP to activate your new legal key.

Changes to the registry are made in these steps. Take great care in making only the changes described below.

  1. Click on Start and then Run.
  2. In the text box in the Run window, type regedit and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor program.
  3. Locate the HKEYLOCALMACHINE folder under My Computer and click on the (+) sign next the folder name to expand the folder.
  4. Continue to expand folders until you reach the HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents registry key.
  5. Click on the WPAEvents folder.
  6. In the results that appear in the window on the right, locate OOBETimer.
  7. Right-click on the OOBETimer entry and choose Modify from the resulting menu.
  8. Change at least one digit in the Value data text box and click OK. This will deactivate Windows XP.
  9. Click on Start and then Run.
  10. In the text box in the Run window, type the following command and click OK.

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

  1. When the Windows Product Activation window appears, choose Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows and then click Next.
  2. Click Change Product Key.
  3. Type your new, valid Windows XP product key in the New key text boxes and then click Update.
  4. If you're taken back to the previous screen and prompted, choose Remind me later.
  5. Restart your PC.
  geoff47 17:27 19 Jun 2011

Key Finder is now showing the changed product key. I have tried the telephone number but it is out of hours, they only work 5 days a week although they will take payment to upgrade online in dollars 24 hours a day.

  birdface 19:37 19 Jun 2011

The COA sticker on the side of the computer will give you the proper keycode and will tell you what version of Windows it is for.

If it is a different version than what you are using just now you could reformat your computer using the same windows disc that is on the Coa sticker.

Make sure it is the Windows sticker that is on the computer and not a sticker for Microsoft Office.

  geoff47 23:10 19 Jun 2011

The sticker is for XP Home,the version on the PC is XP Professional according to Key Finder. Can I install from my own original version of XP Professional but use the number found by Key Finder that is XP Professional that I have managed to change thanks to Fruit Bat.

Let me go through that for my self again......

The COA sticker is for XP Home, the PC said it had XP Professional installed, so MS decided it was a pirate version. So if I match the code to a legitimate XP Disc of XP Professional , will that do the trick ?

  birdface 23:57 19 Jun 2011

XP Home Coa sticker means you have to install XP Home and you would not be able to use it for XP professional.

  Strawballs 00:32 20 Jun 2011

As long as the disc you have is the same version(ie OEM or retail) as the key that keyfinder found

  rdave13 00:57 20 Jun 2011

Key Finder will NOT find any OEM keys. OK for retail but I'm afraid you'll need to borrow a Home version OEM disc and I guess an SP2 one.

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