Originally Posted by cnl83
I have a friend that had bought a PC off of ebay some time ago, and the windows XP expired on them. I called microsoft and his pc came equipped with a pirated key or something. They have quite a bit information on that pc, so I dont want to format or reinstall windows. Im wondering how should I go about activating this system? If I go purchase a copy at the local office depot, can I just punch in the key?
don't purchase from a local store just like that.. that will only give you an upgrade edition.. which would only work for you if you had some 9x based OS installed (98, me, etc)
The key however.. I dont' think would work with an OEM version or w/e version that PC uses... there is a way to change the cd-key without reinstalling windows.. but you need a hack to do that. (or it's somewhere in the registry and I just don't know where...)