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Old 03-30-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
L_H
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Default Mixed up product keys...

Hi,

Issue with computer registration key – below I’ve tried to list all the
facts as briefly as possible. Thanks for any help anyone on this forum can
give…

#1 I bought a used computer last fall...

#2 It had a completely installed version Windows XP professional, and since
any freeware I could download gave the same product ID key, things were fine
(or seemed to be).

#3 On the side of the computer, there is a partially torn sticker with most
of a product key for Windows XP home - only missing the last digits, but
Professional is what is on it (so in other words, side sticker for Home
edition, but Professional installed, so that's the product keys that are
turning up with any software to find out what product key is on a computer)

#4 Last week, I started getting Windows Genuine warnings that I did not have
legit software on this computer. The "validation status" for Windows XP
Professional now shows: Blocked VLK

Is there a way I can find out what the rest of the Microsoft Home product
key is and use that (because it might be the legit software that used to be
on this computer)(Could it be possible that the previous owner did an
upgrade, and the Home Edition is still on here somewhere?)?

Thanks for any advice you can give me...if I have to end up buying a new
copy of Windows, it will cost about as much as it did to buy this complete
computer (something I'd like to try and avoid)

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Old 03-30-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
Mike Hall - MVP
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Default Re: Mixed up product keys...

"L_H" <LH@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6EA4D4AB-F621-452B-A731-E13616C4EF61@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> Issue with computer registration key – below I’ve tried to list all the
> facts as briefly as possible. Thanks for any help anyone on this forum can
> give…
>
> #1 I bought a used computer last fall...
>
> #2 It had a completely installed version Windows XP professional, and
> since
> any freeware I could download gave the same product ID key, things were
> fine
> (or seemed to be).
>
> #3 On the side of the computer, there is a partially torn sticker with
> most
> of a product key for Windows XP home - only missing the last digits, but
> Professional is what is on it (so in other words, side sticker for Home
> edition, but Professional installed, so that's the product keys that are
> turning up with any software to find out what product key is on a
> computer)
>
> #4 Last week, I started getting Windows Genuine warnings that I did not
> have
> legit software on this computer. The "validation status" for Windows XP
> Professional now shows: Blocked VLK
>
> Is there a way I can find out what the rest of the Microsoft Home product
> key is and use that (because it might be the legit software that used to
> be
> on this computer)(Could it be possible that the previous owner did an
> upgrade, and the Home Edition is still on here somewhere?)?
>
> Thanks for any advice you can give me...if I have to end up buying a new
> copy of Windows, it will cost about as much as it did to buy this complete
> computer (something I'd like to try and avoid)



You have been had by whoever sold you the computer, and I doubt that it is
the kind of store which will give you a refund or offer help.

The version of Windows installed is a pirate copy of the volume edition
which has been available since before the official release of XP.

Re the sticker on the side, there is no way to find out what the entire
keycode is. You have the option of purchasing a legal copy of XP or you can
try out a free version of a Linux Distro..


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Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/

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Old 03-30-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
Leroy
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Default Re: Mixed up product keys...

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L_H wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Issue with computer registration key – below I’ve tried to list all the
> facts as briefly as possible. Thanks for any help anyone on this forum can
> give…
>
> #1 I bought a used computer last fall...
>
> #2 It had a completely installed version Windows XP professional, and since
> any freeware I could download gave the same product ID key, things were fine
> (or seemed to be).
>
> #3 On the side of the computer, there is a partially torn sticker with most
> of a product key for Windows XP home - only missing the last digits, but
> Professional is what is on it (so in other words, side sticker for Home
> edition, but Professional installed, so that's the product keys that are
> turning up with any software to find out what product key is on a computer)
>
> #4 Last week, I started getting Windows Genuine warnings that I did not have
> legit software on this computer. The "validation status" for Windows XP
> Professional now shows: Blocked VLK
>
> Is there a way I can find out what the rest of the Microsoft Home product
> key is and use that (because it might be the legit software that used to be
> on this computer)(Could it be possible that the previous owner did an
> upgrade, and the Home Edition is still on here somewhere?)?
>
> Thanks for any advice you can give me...if I have to end up buying a new
> copy of Windows, it will cost about as much as it did to buy this complete
> computer (something I'd like to try and avoid)


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