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Genuine Windows

by Ekaba1 / April 20, 2007 1:52 PM PDT

Is it possible to buy a copy of genuine windows or a valid cd key and use the valid cd key to make windows genuine(without losing data)? A friend wasn't aware that a so-called 'tech shop' put a bootleg copy of the software on his machine when he took it in and now wants to fix the issue without losing his files. Any help is appreciated!

Thanks!

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Backup
by Darton Fury / April 20, 2007 5:03 PM PDT
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all critical data and do a clean install with a valid copy. Or you can try an in place repair installation, installing the valid copy over the bogus one.

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Genuine Windows
by billzhills / April 20, 2007 9:59 PM PDT
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As suggested Back up data.

Other than a clean re-install Windows has a tool that will allow you to activate your current install.

I've used it once and do not fully remember to process. Tho it went something like this ... Purchase XP Pro -> click on nag dialog box -> download and install MS utility -> provide new product numbers -> done.

See this link for more info.

Bill

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YES!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2007 11:24 PM PDT
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Look up the JELLYBEAN KEYFINDER and it can change the CD-KEY to the valid one if you bought the same version. It's all documented at their site so I'm going to get the short answer of "YES!"

Bob

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Microsoft makes it easy for you to do so...
by Edward ODaniel / April 21, 2007 7:34 AM PDT
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http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/pkuinstructions.aspx

It is step-by-step so hard to go wrong.

You will NEED to purchase a legal copy so you will have a legal key.

A friend wasn't aware that a so-called 'tech shop' put a bootleg copy of the software on his machine when he took it in and now wants to fix the issue without losing his files.

If this friend already had a legal copy of the SAME VERSION of XP installed when he took the system in for repair the product key on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker on the case will work. (If the friend had XP Home and now has XP Pro or vice versa, this will not work as the key has to match the version.)
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Thanks!
by Ekaba1 / April 22, 2007 3:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Genuine Windows

Thanks to all of you for your help! I will let him know:-)

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