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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode Key no longer good - Work Around ???

11 Jun 2013   #11

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10

The thing I did differently was to load win virtual pc first, then after restart loaded xp mode. Will try the reverse as shown in tutorial tomorrow to see if that works.

I also uninstalled it through win7 programs control panel which did remove the files listed in tutorial and the k... update, but more complete with removal of the other files in their directories. That should not have made a difference.

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11 Jun 2013   #12

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drburdi View Post
Had to redo my computer with a clean install of Win7 64-bit Home Edition (yes there is a way to do it with Hm Ed and did it months ago). Downloaded the 2 files from Ms download page where they validated my current Win7. After installing the Virtual Mode, xp wanted a key, which is odd since it suppose to have one built into the file. Turns out according to Customer Service the key is now blocked back in January (6 months ago) due to too much usage. CS couldn't do anything about unblocking or giving a new key. They expect XP to be dumped next January 2014 with no longer support for it.

Tried to use WinXp-Home and another from WinXp-Pro keys from my old computers. No such luck.

Has anyone figured out a way around this problem of invalid keys?
For what it is worth... I installed the XP Mode (into a W7pro VM) a few minutes after you made your first post to this thread. The installation did not ask for a key. I also took the XP Mode VHD and ran it via VirtualBox. It would not activate using the key that comes with the XP Mode install... so MS might have changed the way that they activate the XP Mode OS when it is installed on the proper host OS (e.g. W7 pro).

I'm surprised the Microsoft would even talk to you about installing the XP Mode onto a Windows 7 Home Edition box. Installing the XP Mode on that OS would be a violation of the MS EULA.
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11 Jun 2013   #13

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10

I also have win7 pro so they may have thought I was using it there. I will try the procedure on pro, but it is not the computer I need it on.
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11 Jun 2013   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

As UsernameIssues stated you will not be able to use it on Windows home premium, I didn't see that in your first post that you were trying to do it on home premium.

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13 Jun 2013   #15

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10

Interesting results. You were right. The problem was trying to get virtual on home edition, even though I did have it months ago but changed hard drives. I just upgraded to Pro on my Home-64-bit computer and it worked. Thanks for your help.

Ummm, I wonder why Microsoft told me on the telephone that the key was blocked and they had no intentions of opening it up since January, even though their site still encourages getting XP Mode.
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 Windows XP Mode Key no longer good - Work Around ???

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