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

10 Jun 2013   #1
chirobeliever

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10
 
 
Windows XP Mode Key no longer good - Work Around ???

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?


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11 Jun 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I don't think XP mode requires a key I could be wrong have to look at this tutorial shows how to install and set up windows XP mode which only works on professional and above versions.
Windows XP Mode - Install and Setup

Jerry
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11 Jun 2013   #3
chirobeliever

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10
 
 

Yes it does, otherwise why would it ask for it and reject the ones I had?
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11 Jun 2013   #4
Bongo

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I installed XP mode using the tutorial I posted above and it did not require a key.

Jerry
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11 Jun 2013   #5
chirobeliever

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10
 
 

I did too months ago, but it does not work now. When did you do it?
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11 Jun 2013   #6
Bongo

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I think I installed about six months ago and just recently uninstalled it.

Jerry
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11 Jun 2013   #7
chirobeliever

Windows 7 Pro going to Win10
 
 

That is about the time that the embedded key was blocked so you must have just got in under the wire.
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11 Jun 2013   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It appears that XP mode does indeed use a key, although one that normally does not need be manually entered. In such matters Microsoft is the ultimate authority. If they cannot help you I don't see how any one else can either. Aside from being certain that any keys you entered were valid and not currently in use I don't see a solution. OEM keys are only valid on the first computer on which they are used and cannot be transferred.

This forum of course cannot help with evading Microsoft security measures.
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11 Jun 2013   #9
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I just downloaded XP mode again and I'm going to try installing it and see what happens I'll get back to you later after I'm done.

Jerry
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11 Jun 2013   #10
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I just installed again and did not need a key.
At the top of the tutorial is info on uninstalling XP mode and Windows virtual pc uninstall both be sure to reboot after uninstalling then reinstall again.

Jerry
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