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How to change the Windows XP product key

Although Windows 10 was officially launched on July 29, 2015, and by the beginning of this year it had already exceeded 1 billion users, you may be surprised to discover that, more than a decade after its arrival in homes around the world ( something that happened on October 25, 2001), it is still possible to find computers that continue to run Windows XP , an operating system that even in 2018 seemed to resist disappearing completely.

If you continue to use it on your computer today, it is possible that at some point or other you need to change the product key with which the operating system was installed a long time ago. If so, the truth is that it is possible to modify it using the graphical user interface of the Windows Activation Wizard , ideal when we need to modify the product key only for our computer.

Modifying the Windows XP product key on our computer

First you must proceed to download to install the Windows key update tool . Once the .exe file is executed and fully installed, the tool will scan the system for any inconsistencies or errors. We must wait until the scan is finished.

Then it will direct us to a new window, in which we will have to write our new product key . The system may need to be reactivated. Now, we have to restart our computer , which will allow the changes to take place completely. Clever!

And how to make the change using a script?

Another useful option, especially when we need to modify the Volume Licensing product key, is to carry out this modification with the help of a script using the Windows administration tools (known as WMI).

Of course, before continuing with the process, it is highly advisable to choose to create a new restore point, to avoid unnecessary problems. To do so, you just have to open the System Restore application and follow the steps.

Once this is done, we go to Start and Run . In the Open box we will write regedit , and then click on OK . In the navigation panel, we must look for the following registry key, and then click on it: ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft WindowsNT Current Version WPAEvents’.

Right in the panel of themes, with the right button click on OOBETimer , and click on Modify . Now change at least one digit of this value, and thus you will be able to deactivate Windows.

Now it’s your turn to reactivate Windows to add our new product key. Click Start , Run , Open and type the following command, then click OK: ‘% systemroot% system32 oobe msoobe.exe / a’.

Click Yes, I want to call a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next . Now you must click on Change the product key , and then type your new key. Click Update and restart your computer.

Once you have verified that Windows is activated, you can choose to install Windows XP Service Pack 1, or a later version if necessary.

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