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PostSubject: How can I change the volume licensing product key on a Windows XP SP1-Based Computer?   Wed 19 May 2010, 11:32 am

How can I change the volume licensing product key on a Windows XP
SP1-Based Computer?
















How can I change the volume licensing product key on a Windows
XP SP1-Based Computer?
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For example, you may experience the symptoms that are described in the
following Microsoft Knowledge Base article when you install SP1:
326904 Error Message:
The Product Key Used to Install Windows Is Invalid
There are two (legal) methods that you can use to change the product
key with volume licensing media after installation. You can use either
the Windows Activation Wizard graphical user interface (GUI) or a
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) script.
The easier method to use is the Use the Activation Wizard method. Use
this method when you only have a few computers on which to change the
product key. The Use a Script method is best when you have a number of
computers on which you have to change the product key.
Legal Note: Make sure you understand that this
method is indeed legal. This is NO crack, NO hack, there is nothing
illegal with this article. I will not, however, encourage any reader to
use an illegally obtained CD Key. What you do in your own house/office
is your own business, and I cannot and will not be held responsible for
your actions.
Method #1: Use the Activation Wizard


If you have only a few volume licensing product keys to change, you
can use the Activation Wizard.Warning!
This document contains instructions for editing the registry. If you
make any error while editing the registry, you can potentially cause
Windows to fail or be unable to boot, requiring you to reinstall
Windows. Edit the registry at your own risk. Always back up the registry
before making any changes. If you do not feel comfortable editing the
registry, do not attempt these instructions. Instead, seek the help of a
trained computer specialist.


Note: Microsoft recommends that you run System
Restore to create a new restore point before you complete the following
steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type Regedit, and then click OK.
  3. In the left pane, locate and then click the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents

  4. In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify.
  5. Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows.
  6. Click Start, and then click Run.
  7. In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK.
    %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
  8. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to
    activate Windows, and then click Next.
  9. Click Change Product key.
  10. Type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click
    Update. If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me
    later, and then restart the computer.
  11. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to verify that Windows is activated. You
    receive the following message:Windows is already activated. Click OK
    to exit.

  12. Click OK.
  13. Install SP1 for Windows XP.

If you cannot restart Windows after you install SP1, press F8 when
you restart the computer, select Last Known Good Configuration, and then
repeat this procedure.
Method #2: Use a Script


You can create a WMI script that changes the volume licensing product
key, and then deploy this script in a startup script. The sample
ChangeVLKey2600.vbs script and the sample ChangeVLKeySP1 script that are
described in this section use the new volume licensing key that you
want to enter, in its five-part alphanumeric form, as a single argument.
Microsoft recommends that you use the ChangeVLKey2600.vbs script on
Windows XP-based computers that are not running SP1 and that you use the
ChangeVLKeySP1.vbs script on Windows XP-based computers that are
running SP1. These scripts perform the following functions:

  1. They remove the hyphen characters (-) from the five-part
    alphanumeric product key.
  2. They create an instance of the win32_WindowsProductActivation class.
    They call the SetProductKey method with the new volume licensing
    product key.

You can create a batch file or a CMD file that uses either of the
following sample scripts, together with the new product key as an
argument, and either deploy it as part of a startup script or run it
from the command line to change the product key on a single computer.
ChangeVLKeySP1.vbs


\
\WMI Script - ChangeVLKey.vbs
\
\ This script changes the product key on the computer
\
\***************************************************************************

[netshelter]ON ERROR RESUME NEXT

if Wscript.arguments.count<1 then
Wscript.echo "Script can't run without VolumeProductKey argument"
Wscript.echo "Correct usage: Cscript ChangeVLKey.vbs ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PRSTU-WYQZX"
Wscript.quit
end if

Dim VOL_PROD_KEY
VOL_PROD_KEY = Wscript.arguments.Item(0)
VOL_PROD_KEY = Replace(VOL_PROD_KEY,"-","") \remove hyphens if any

for each Obj in GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}").InstancesOf ("win32_WindowsProductActivation")

result = Obj.SetProductKey (VOL_PROD_KEY)

if err <> 0 then
WScript.Echo Err.Description, "0x" & Hex(Err.Number)
Err.Clear
end if

Next



ChangeVLKey2600.vbs


\
\ WMI Script - ChangeVLKey.vbs
\
\This script changes the product key on the computer
\
\***************************************************************************

ON ERROR RESUME NEXT

if Wscript.arguments.count<1 then
Wscript.echo "Script can't run without VolumeProductKey argument"
Wscript.echo "Correct usage: Cscript ChangeVLKey.vbs ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PRSTU-WYQZX"
Wscript.quit
end if

Dim VOL_PROD_KEY
VOL_PROD_KEY = Wscript.arguments.Item(0)
VOL_PROD_KEY = Replace(VOL_PROD_KEY,"-","") \remove hyphens if any
Dim WshShell
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.RegDelete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents\OOBETimer" 'delete OOBETimer registry value
for each Obj in GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}").InstancesOf ("win32_WindowsProductActivation")

result = Obj.SetProductKey (VOL_PROD_KEY)

if err <> 0 then
WScript.Echo Err.Description, "0x" & Hex(Err.Number)
Err.Clear
end if

Next



Example


The following example describes how to use the ChangeVLKeySP1.vbs
script from a command line:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type the following command,
    where AB123-123AB-AB123-123AB-AB123 is the new product
    key that you want to
    use, and then click OK:

c:\changevlkeysp1.vbs ab123-123ab-ab123-123ab-ab123
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