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Windows 7: Find product Key in Wix XP on registry or from CD?

15 May 2011   #11
DragonPoet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 Build 7601
 
 

@ DocBrown I know the key is in the registry on the hard drive. But if you google how to find it off the CD, you will come up with what people claim is a method of view a unattended.txt file under the System32 folder on the CD. All the unattended.txt file is is describing how to set it up to self install.

@ richnrockville Is there a way to convert it to a Virtualbox? I am a little bit weird and hate using different applications when I have to option to use only 1.

Once again, thank you so much for the help!


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22 May 2011   #12
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
FWIW: Microsoft provides a free copy of windows xp for those using their virtual pc.

Windows Virtual PC: Home Page

give that a shot for the free xp version and virtual pc.

Rich
Hi there

You have to have W7 PRO or higher -- it's no good for W7 Home premium.

IMO the solution is to install XP as a VM either under vbox (or IMO - better) - vmware PLAYER(FREE) -- this now can create VM's so you don't need to get vmware workstation.

The other good thing about using vmware is that the FREE vmware converter (download it from vmware's site
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/d...standalone/4_0


can actually convert your running physical XP machine into a Virtual machine.

This process is known as P2V -- Physical to Virtual conversion and can save you having to re-install all your applications again in the vm.

You might be able to re-activate by changing the product key to the one it SAYS exists in the registry and then re-activating.

Note you need to run your product key finder against THE ORIGINAL PHYSICAL system not on the VM and use THAT ONE. If it fails on activation you should be able to activate by phone unless it is an OEM copy -- then you are "in plain English : Stuffed".

Cheers
jimbo
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24 May 2011   #13
DragonPoet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 Build 7601
 
 

Thank you so much Jimbo, but I figured it out.
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05 Jun 2011   #14
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
FWIW: Microsoft provides a free copy of windows xp for those using their virtual pc.

Windows Virtual PC: Home Page

give that a shot for the free xp version and virtual pc.

Rich
Hi there -- not trying to be a real "Grade A ...." here but the statement is a bit misleading.

The link here refers to XP MODE which is NOT a separately installable XP system.

The OP needs a separate Retail type XP system which he can then use to create his XP VM for use under vmware or vbox.

If he has a running physical XP system then a conversion using vmware's converter will also work.

Cheers
jimbo
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