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Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator

by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 10:18 AM PST

I am running Windows ME on my computer. I have a 40GB hard drive that somehow got partitioned off so that I only have 4.33GB space on my C drive. I planned to upgrade to Windows XP Home Edition in an attempt to rectify this situation, but in the course of a recent move I lost the sticker with the product key on it. The person who gave me the Windows XP disk sent me an XP key generator in an email attachment and my son tried to use it, but was unsuccessful in getting the key. He mentioned about not being able to find the key because I am running ME. At this point I am more than confused. Why would I be sent the key generator if it wasn't going to work?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by roddy32 / November 25, 2004 10:24 AM PST

If it is the OS product key that you are looking for Belarc Advisor should show it. This a neat little tool that gives you a lot of specs on things on your computer. It's small and free.

http://belarc.com/free_download.html

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by David Chan / November 25, 2004 10:31 AM PST

Roddy,

Unfortunately Belarc will not work in this case as his current OS is WinME and he has an XP CD with no CD-Key thus he cannot install XP!

The only recourse is to phone Microsoft for a new CD-Key.

If it is a legit copy this should not be a problem.

Alternatively temporarily use someone's XP CD key to setup XP and when activation failed call Microsoft and explain the situation and a new Activation code will normally be given to activate XP.

Perhaps call the person who gave the XP CD as he/she may have kept records of the CD Key?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by roddy32 / November 25, 2004 10:42 AM PST

oops, Sorry, I didn't think if that, I just checked to make sure that Belarc worked on ME and didn't think the problem through. Must have had too much turkey. Thanks David, I learned yet another thing in the forum as always. I learn at LEAST one thing a day in here. Grin

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by viru / November 25, 2004 10:28 AM PST

i have the program call it's find the key in your computer for the windows xp home and even also if you losse key for the Mirosoft office.
if you want to be i can send the mail to you with attach the proram
and i have the key genrator so you can change the key running the Windows XP home/pro. without reininstall the XP.
so send me the mail viru_canada@yahoo.com
viru

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 10:33 AM PST

My son says this won't work because I am NOT running XP right now. I am running ME now. How do I find an XP key when I am running ME...ie. is it possible?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by roddy32 / November 25, 2004 10:44 AM PST

Viru, it's not a safe idea to post your e-mail address in a public forum.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by retired / November 25, 2004 10:32 AM PST

you can find it here.

Start
Run
type REGEDIT
ok
Click plus signs at
Hkey Local machine
Software
Microsoft
internet Explorer
highlight Current version
In the right pane look for Product key

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by retired / November 25, 2004 10:37 AM PST

Whoops, sorry that is the wrong location, but I see you have plenty of help.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 10:34 AM PST

sounds like he gave you a key finder and not a key generator. A key finder will show you the key already installed on your computer.
Him giving you a copy of xp home is illegal as hell and, can not be discussed in this forum.

use your ME setup disk and boot it to dos. At "A:" prompt type in fdisk and delete your partitions.
Make a new partition or partitions and set the primary partition as active. Then format and reload ME.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 10:39 AM PST

The XP CD I have is a legitimate copy. It was wrapped in cellophane when I received it in the mail from him. I know the sticker was on it when it was unwrapped. It just got lost with a lot of other paperwork when we moved. The ME setup disk is also MIA.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 10:43 AM PST

do you have broadband?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 10:46 AM PST

Yes, I do.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 11:03 AM PST

ok, I can send you a file in a messinger. Its too big for e-mail and might take about 45 min to recieve it all. its 133mb. what messingers do you have or want to use?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 11:12 AM PST

What kind of file is it that you want to send me?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 11:16 AM PST

what you wanted from your friend. Its clean. no viruses. It works!

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 11:23 AM PST

May I email my id privately please? I believe I can do that through your profile?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 11:25 AM PST

yes and I will email mine back. which messinger do you have? I have aol,msn and yahoo.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by sunnybee / November 25, 2004 11:27 AM PST

I have all three also. Which one would work the best?

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / November 25, 2004 11:35 AM PST

probably yahoo my id is in my profile. I think. skippr_d, I will now open yahoo and wait for your e-mail. the file is called something different I will give you the name in a return e-mail. check yahoo to see where the file will download to. I think it goes some where in your document files by default. Skip

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / December 1, 2004 12:35 AM PST

From: Jianna143
Subject: Win XP Key
Message:
I don't suppose you would be willing to send me the same prog you sent sunnybee? I have been at this all day, managed to get the letsroll9/11 virus in the process and am stuck halfway through the xp installation on the product key screen.

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Re: Windows XP Home Edition Key Generator
by skippyd333 / December 1, 2004 12:38 AM PST

You have been at what all day? There is no such virus. You can always format your harddrive in dos first. then boot your xp disk and, then use your key. Sunnybee had a legit problem. She also had a legal copy. So I helped. Whats your real story? Skip

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