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Old 11-20-2005, 04:07 PM   #1
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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!...

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Old 11-20-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
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I think Microsoft will give you a new one, just ask em. I would'nt know how to prove its legal though. Maybe send backj the cd
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Old 11-20-2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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Yeah but from microsoft point of view, he could of robbed it, ring that helpline that comes up when ur activating, they give you one/
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Old 11-20-2005, 06:21 PM   #4
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Call their helpline or technical support. Be careful of what you say too, because Microsoft is one of those companies who hate thieves that pirate software.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:01 PM   #5
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Call their helpline or technical support. Be careful of what you say too, because Microsoft is one of those companies who hate thieves that pirate software.

LOL even though they themselves are thieves... lol!
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:39 PM   #6
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cant you just use someone elses? afterall youve brought the software so whats the harm??
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Here


I know how you feel mackenzie .

Luckily, that Magic Jellybean software means well.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:47 PM   #8
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Give them a ring...They sorted all out over the phone for me
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:14 PM   #9
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Give them a ring...They sorted all out over the phone for me

Yea, the support people are usually gullible 17 year olds that just want their shift to end anyways. If you get unlucky, it's an angry 17 year old that wants to give you a hard time.
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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!...

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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.
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:58 PM   #11
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Dude Dont worry call up Microsoft they'l give you a new product key. This happened to me before and All i had to do was describe how the cd looked and they asked me for some numbers inscribed on the cd.

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LOL even though they themselves are thieves... lol!
To a certain point.
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:16 PM   #13
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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.
Now maybe this is just me but... What! You want him to alter files on windows CD (which i think is illegal), then Burn windows onto another CD which i know is illigal. Last time i checked MODs are susposed to give ppl crap for telling other people how to get around product keys and do illigal stuff.
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Now maybe this is just me but... What! You want him to alter files on windows CD (which i think is illegal), then Burn windows onto another CD which i know is illigal. Last time i checked MODs are susposed to give ppl crap for telling other people how to get around product keys and do illigal stuff.

Yea and unless you can do it correctly, it's pretty much impossible since they have so many copyrights, etc. They even have tracker stickers and things that are all on the cd. Take a look at a genuine full installation (not upgrade) install disk. It's covererd with fancy stickers and electronic trackers and layer that are read and put into the install.
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Old 12-06-2005, 05:41 AM   #15
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You can download a software which tells you what your xp code is
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:25 AM   #16
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or u can just right click on my computer and go to properties and under registered or w/e it has ur key :P hmm think that the windows cd key dunno tho oh well w/e good luck ne way and if all else fails go mug bill gates :O
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