Microsoft Product Key

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by Ruckerwocman, Sep 8, 2010.

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  1. I'm trying to install a copy of Windows XP Home Edition in a virtual machine on my HP Pavilion desktop (OS: Win 7 Pro) I got the software legitimately when I built a desktop computer 6 or 7 years ago.

    When that computer died, I pulled the hard drive and disposed of the rest of the machine in a recycle bin. The COA with product key was on a sticker attached to the case of the machine.

    Recently I found the xp disc in my computer odds and sods drawer and I thought I'd put it on my new machine in a VM and play around with it, but I realized I didn't have the product key anymore and if I'm not mistaken without that the software will not work after 30 days. Is there any way to hack into the disk and find the product key?:?:pc:
  2. msr

    msr LE

    The sticker indicates that it is most likely an OEM version which is tied to the hardware it is installed on, so even if you had the sticker then (legally) you could not re-use the software.

    If you have Win 7 Pro then look here:

  3. Not as far as I know. If you make significant changes to your PC, add remove mobo, drives, Ram etc the PC will detect it and ask you to phone microsoft to obtain a new validation code 24 characters. I had to do this when I revamped my old PC, which incidentally is not connected to the interweb.
  4. Too late for you this time round, but maybe an idea for the future ... I've got into the habit of always writing product keys and similar onto the CD-ROM with indelible felt tip. On the printed side ;-)
  5. I had to do this for the son when he was messing about with his computer; getting the validation code is fairly easy to do over the phone - it's an automated service and it was an 0800 number as well.
  6. msr

    msr LE

    He doesn't even have the original key any more...
  7. getting a key is not a problem; illegal but not a problem ;-)
  8. msr

    msr LE

    But if you read my post, as he has Win 7 Pro he doesn't need to ;)

  9. google "xp home keygen" :)
  10. FWIW I don't think the product key is linked to a particular disk. In other words, any two visually identical disks also contain the exact same bytes. And therefore no amount of hacking of the disk is going to discover the product key, 'cos it simply ain't on the disk.

    This means that you may be able to use someone else's key with your disk. That sounds like piracy but may not be ... it would be legit (at least morally, before some bright spark jumps in and impresses us all with his superior knowledge of Microsoft's EULA and the intellectual property laws) if the other person has uninstalled Windows XP from their PC or has chucked the machine, i.e. if no other PC is using a copy of Windows XP installed using that product key. My experience has been that Microsoft will generally issue you with an activation code even if they have a record of a copy of Windows with your key having been installed, as long as no-one has asked them for an activation code for that key too recently or too often. I've had to do that a couple of times when hard disks have crashed, and they've never given me a hard time about it. And I could imagine them being a bit more laid back about XP than about Vista or Windows 7, though there I'm guessing.

    So if anyone else on here still has the product key for a copy of Windows XP they're no longer using ...

    As long as you don't fall foul of the OEM problem mentioned a couple of posts earlier.
  11. I thought the query was regarding installing "a virtual version of XP" onto the current Win 7 system.
    I'm probably wrong and it wouldn't be the first time. :)
  12. I googled it and I found a way to get the product code off of the CD. It is in the i386 folder as a text file. Unfortunately, the code I found must have been the OEM code as when I plugged it in the system said it was wrong. My particular system must have had a different code that was noted on the sticker (long since gone.) I'll have to do some more reading I guess. My current computer is running Win 7 Pro as its OS so I'll take a look at that Microsoft site and see what that Windows xp and Windows Virtual Machine download is all about. Thanks for the tip.
  13. If you go to one of those 2nd hand stores that sell pc's , most towns have them', look at the pc, get out your phone to send a text etc

    and take a photo of the product key
  14. Interesting. I stand/sit corrected. Always been told the disks were identical.
  15. If you follow MSRs link there is a ready configured Microsoft XP virtual machine you can download for free.

    FFS stop messing around with trying to do it illegally. Think about it too. If each CD had a unique code how would they press the millions of discs. It would be like the latest no.1 CD have a random selection of tracks each one being unique.
    Each disc is identical with the product code being validated against an algorithm.

    This is only for OEM supplied discs and there is more to activating these than just the product code otherwise everyone would be copying Dell/HP/Sony supplied copies of XP/Vista/Win7 etc.
    Each version is hardware locked to the supplier.