Changing an OEM XP key for another


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Saucer Man

I have several HP laptops with OEM XP installs. I created an image with
software, updates and a default user profile on one of the laptops. I
brought the image down successfully to another laptop and changed the SID.
How can I change the License key now to match that of the target laptop?
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

Try using the Windows Product Key Update Tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/PKUInstructions.aspx

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I have several HP laptops with OEM XP installs. I created an image with
software, updates and a default user profile on one of the laptops. I
brought the image down successfully to another laptop and changed the SID.
How can I change the License key now to match that of the target laptop?
 
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Saucer Man

I just found out that the OEM disk I used to install Windows XP doesn't
require a product key. If I test the activation on the laptop I brought the
image down on, it says Windows Is Activated. HP support stated that nothing
else is needed. Do you think I still need to run this?
 
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David B.

If you run one of the product key extractors you'll notice the key on your
install doesn't match the key on the sticker, the drives are imaged at the
factory using a volume type installation, you may also notice that you have
the same key on more than one laptop, in your case I don't think you need to
worry about changing the key.

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Saucer Man

Ok. That's good. Thanks for the info.


David B. said:
If you run one of the product key extractors you'll notice the key on your
install doesn't match the key on the sticker, the drives are imaged at the
factory using a volume type installation, you may also notice that you
have the same key on more than one laptop, in your case I don't think you
need to worry about changing the key.
 

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