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How to change a win 2k serial number

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 1_rob_1, Jan 4, 2006.

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    Ive been asked to move a hard drive from 1 pc to another. The hard drive only has a restore disk for the operating system, and all the files need to stay intact. The hard drive on the other pc crashed & has been binned, this pc had a restore partition, so no op sys disk. Both pcs have licence stickers on them for Win 2k. I dont want to swap the stickers from 1 case to another, so, is it possible to change the operating system serial number to the one which is on the case without having to reinstall windows?
    (I presume that it is legal to do this, but it does seem to be a bit of a grey area)
     
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    Nobody?
     
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    You generally can't move a Primary Hard drive from one computer to another, unless they have identical Hardware, Motherboards etc. A Format and clean install is the only real option.

    I am not sure about changing the key.
     
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    Windows op systems pre xp are a lot more forgiving if you change hardware. so that part would probably work.
    I am hoping to find out how to change the key if it can be done. It would save a lot of time not having to back up & restore all the installed settings, files & progs. it would also save having to buy a new win 2k cd.
     
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    The is a program you can use that changes the Porduct Key of a Windows install. Search "Windows product key changer" on Google.

    John.
     
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    Tried searching for a Windows product key changer. It looks like they only work for Win XP.
    I dont think it can be changed for Win 2K at all.
    I ended up leaving the working pc alone, & buying & loading XP on the other.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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