However, software does tend to get installed without authorization, even in the most carefully managed shops, and so from time to time you may need to reset the Windows XP product key.For example, perhaps a user installed a pirated copy of XP but now wants to go legal.
Maybe you've been hired by an organization that installed 100 pirated copies of XP but now has a legitimate volume-licensing key (VLK).
Perhaps an end user purchased an additional retail license for XP but needs to use his original CD to install the software.
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- Introduction - Tip #1: How to change the Windows XP Product Activation Key Code - Tip #2: Create a bootable USB flash drive -- in a flash!
(The Product ID can be found by right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties.) To determine eligibility for the update, Service Pack 1 compares the Windows XP product ID on the system to this list.