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Changing from pirated volume license to retail OEM without format. - can it be done?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SoltoN, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. SoltoN

    SoltoN Thread Starter

    Jul 5, 2007
    Ok, heres the deal.

    I was in computer retail for many years, participated in the Intel retail edge program 3 or 4 times, and thus have 3 or 4 valid, legal, XP Pro CD keys in my cd key list. However when it came time to format the system after a virus infection, I didn't have any of the XP Pro OEM install disks, and therefore I hastily installed a volume license edition I did have kicking around. This obviously impairs optional windows updates, etc, so I began searching, and eventually found a friend that has a sp2 OEM install disk.

    Now I'm looking to switch over the system to a legal version of windows, and although I have everything backed up, I would rather not spend the next 6-8 hours reinstalling everything. So heres my plan: Slipstream a new disk with my raid drivers, and do a "system repair" off of the cd. This should replace all the volume license files with retail ones, then boot into recovery console, and use a vb script I found online that runs from a command prompt to change the cd key to a valid retail OEM key.

    Can anyone poke holes in this solution, or offer a better one for what I am trying to do?

  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
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