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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Authorizing Win XP

I swapped out a defective HDD and was happy to find that it already had Win XP installed, which would save me a little time.  When XP started up, however, the computer was unable to confirm the genuineness of the OS installation.  I was able to find this old copy of Microsoft KB321636.

A shorter version:

1. Make a change to the OOBETimer registry key at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents (any change will do), and close the registry.

2. Run the system activation program by entering “%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a” in the start/run box.

3. Choose to register by phone, and at the next screen, click on the button on the bottom to change the product key. (I have no idea if the product key can be changed elsewhere, but why bother when this is such a gosh darn obvious place to put the option?)

4. Now go back to the first screen and choose to activate by internet, if need be.

After doing this, the computer still showed the activation star icon in the toolbar, but clicking on this took me to a page that would not display in the browser. A little more checking directed me to:

http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag/

which diagnoses the ability of the computer to activate.  This showed me that the date was off by a couple of days, and after fixing that the computer validated itself immediately.