Somehow I turned off automatic updates so when I ran windows update today it asked for the serial key. The thing is, I bought this computer from some one else so I don't have any key. I just hit cancel since I didn't have anything to put in. I know Microsoft has gone crazy with all the genuine advantange stuff so is there a way I can just buy a key (No hacked ones or anything like that, I only want legal stuff)? I really don't wanna go out and spend $200+ or so for XP Pro after I already have it on my computer.
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
Usually windows will download a little program that will validate your copy, not ask you for the serial
Feel my heat, Heavens on fire.
3rd August 2005
I have had that exact problem. It has to do with the WGA. It gave me a message that my copy of XP pro was invalid, thing is, I have XP home...& it locked me out. You might have to call microsoft & explain to them the situation. I just reinstalled my os(it was due for a format).
Huh yeah, whatever ^^
6th December 2006
Shintsu;4362857[...] The thing is, I bought this computer from some one else so I don't have any key.[...]
Well that's a problem :/ You don't know what that other person may have done with the license, you can't even be sure he had a legit one when he installed the OS ...
Dread thinks I'm a special person
3rd May 2006
is there not a sticker on the side of the case with a code on it?
NCC1717;4362975is there not a sticker on the side of the case with a code on it?
No, there isn't.
23rd October 2007
Dude, click... Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> In there is there "Activate Windows" or similar? No there won't be, hence its not Microsoft asking you for your Serial...
I'm talking about the CD key or whatever they call it. I thought they always called those serial keys
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
Shintsu;4363480I'm talking about the CD key or whatever they call it. I thought they always called those serial keys
Windows shouldn't ask for the key after the OS has been activated, it will just occasionally ask for WGA validation. You can check if your windows is "activated" by entering the Control Panel (Classic View), click on System, and look under the General tab at "Activation". Though, even if activated, this still doesn't mean it's a legal version. As ConstanceJill mentioned, it's a crapshoot when you buy a used PC as to whether it has a legal OS on it.
As I recall, when I install XP, it asks for the key during installation, not afterwards. It's possible not all versions/disks are the same though, and you are currently in a 30 day unactivated trial period. It may ask for the key to fully activate the product. Anyone confirm?
That's why I'm afraid to put the genuine advantage tool on my computer. I read somewhere that if your version was bootlegged that it would shut off so to speak and keep you from using your PC. Since I have no way of telling I don't want to risk losing my computer if it isn't legal.