Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lost your Windows Xp Key?

Lost your Windows Xp Key?
Have No Fear - Your Windows XP Key is Here!

All of us at one point or another have had to reinstall Windows XP and I'll bet 99 percent of us have also misplaced our Windows XP key at least once. Of course losing or misplacing a Winmdows XP license key or (certificate of authenticity) requires that you purchase another copy of Windows XP to reinstall. A real pain in the neck!

Not to mention that this may be a daunting task for many - especially if you only need to perform a repair, or a reload of an existing Windows XP installation. Sort of like opening a can with a sledge hammer. There is a little known secret - completely legal and Microsoft EULA compatible - simpyl obtain your existing license key from your existing installation. How? Simple!

Look here:
1) Open your c:\i386 folder
2) Browse for a file called unattend.txt
3) Open it with notepad or a text editor (word etc.)
4) Browse the file for this line:

[UserData] ProductKey=xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

This is the Windows Xp license that was used to install your existing copy of windows XP!
Write this down and save it in a safe place - you WILL need it again at some point in time.