Thursday, May 28, 2009

Changing the XP Product Key

Just watched a cool video on TechRepublic on how to change the product key in Windows. If you have a pirated copy of XP and would like to actually get updates or had a moral breakdown just follow these steps:

-Use real money and buy the legit key, it's worth it ;)
-Open up the Registry Editor (back it up and all that good stuff in case you hose it)
-Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents
-Right click and modify the ODBETimer, just change a number or two in there
-Close regedit and run from the command prompt the following command: %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe /a
-The Activation Wizard will launch, choose change key and follow on screen instructions
-Reboot and UPDATE!!

Thanks to TechRepublics IT Dojo for this cool 'hack'.