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Changing my Windows CD Key (no illegal business!)

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Carzy, 6 May 2006.

  1. Carzy

    Sgarrista

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    Basically, I formatted my computer while I was back in London for the easter break, but hadn't anticipated having to do it so I left my CD Key back in Nottingham. I found myself a random CD Key off the web so that I could actually install windows, knowing I'd have the 30 Day period to sort stuff out. That time has almost run out and I'd like to activate windows. Is there any way via Registry etc that I can change my CD Key to my actual one so I can web-authenticate my copy of windows?

    Cheers.
     
  2. MarcLister

    Capodecina

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  3. zetec452

    Sgarrista

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    If you try and activate it MS will tell you it can't be activated and offer you to enter another keycode in.
     
  4. PinkPig

    Mobster

    Joined: 7 Jun 2004

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    You don't even need to do that, if you use the "activate by phone" option there's a button to change the key there.