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Windows XP Product Key for SP3 installation

Windows XP Product Key for SP3 installation

I have an somewhat older Notebook with an original Windows XP Professional License Sticker underneath. This Notebook was erased completely once and now I want to install a new Windows XP Professional System on it using the key that's on the sticker.

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Guest [Entry]

"With a Windows XP SP3 Home or Professional disc, you can press Next when asked for the Product Key.

After the install has finished, you will be prompted for the product key when you activate Windows.

Product Key-less install option. As
with Windows Vista, new XP with SP3
installs can proceed without entering
a product key during Setup.

Source: http://www.winsupersite.com/faq/xp_sp3.asp

We regularly use this method at work to reinstall Windows XP for customers who have no restore discs."
Guest [Entry]

You can install Windows without a key and then after installing change the last three digits of the value Pid in key HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\Pid to OEM. This will change the retail version of Windows into OEM.