Change Product Key (Windows XP)
If Windows Update or Genuine check is complaining about an non-genuine install of Windows and you have a legit key it can be changed by following these steps:
- Change one of the values in this key to deactivate Windows: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents
- Run this command-line to force a reactivation: %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
- Choose the option: Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows
- Click: Change Product key, after which the programme can be closed - the wizard does not have to finish.
You may need to reboot before you can start using Windows Update etc.