Originally Posted by 07mackenzie
I no longer have the case for my XP professional disc anymore so i cannot find the product key! I am reinstalling/reformating and it now needs the product key. Is there any way that I can open up the CD on another PC and find the product key? This copy is completely legitimate and id hate to throw 300$ out the window!...
There is a way.
It's possible as well as fully legitimate to rip the CD onto your hard drive, open a couple of files, change a couple of values, save it all, and burn the whole lot onto a new CD.
This will then allow Windows to install without the Product Key. Quite what changes need to be made, I don't remember, but you could look it up.