Howto: Change Windows XP Product Key without a Reinstall for WGA

Windows Genuine Advantage is now a required install. If you need to change your product key without an installation to make WGA happy, these steps will walk you through it. This uses Microsoft-supported software. This is how I explore “You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting” errors.

Many of our users at work have been receiving the You May Be a Victim of Software Counterfeiting error. Basically what happened was that the notebooks were mailed with invalid product keys.

Surprisingly for many people, the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or supplied valid product key may not be the actual one in use on their desktop computer or laptop. These numbers can be found on your XP software box or on a COA sticker on your system.

First, compare the product key on your XP installation to your valid xp product key or COA number using WGA Diagnostic Tool.

If the numbers are different, you can usually change your number to a valid one by using Microsoft’s Key Update Tool.

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Windows XP To Windows 7 Upgrade Confirmed

Microsoft will be offering upgrades for existing Windows XP users who want to purchase Windows 7 according to an article posted earlier today on the Computerbase website. Upgrade meaning the possibilities to purchase Windows 7 at a reduced price. It seems however necessary to install Windows 7 on its own without the possibility to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 directly.

This means that it will only be possible to install Windows 7 doing a clean install on the computer system. Offering the upgrade for Windows XP users is another interesting move by Microsoft to convince Windows XP users that an upgrade of their operating system to Windows 7 would not be that bad.

What’s your take on the story? Are you an XP user tempted by the offer? What price would you be willing to pay for the upgrade?

Microsoft Word 2007, 2003, XP Application Hang Event ID: 1000, 1001 & 1002

I have recently been getting application hang in word 2007 with the below event logs:

Faulting application winword.exe, version 12.0.6211.1000, stamp 46d4a7df, faulting module unknown, version, stamp 00000000, debug? 0, fault address 0x00000000.

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Hanging application WINWORD.EXE, version 12.0.6211.1000, hang module hungapp, version, hang address 0x00000000.

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I was completely unable to use word at all and this problem had occurred just after installing Service Pack 1 for office 2007 enterprise edition.

I went through an office repair which did nothing for me, I re-installed the word which also did nothing, I then even went for re-installing office as whole and still got nothing and also holding shift when launching word into safe mode also did nothing for me.

So after struggling for over a week to find out why I was getting this problem I noticed when launching word I get a message in the bottom left corner flashing every 10 – 15 seconds saying:

Connecting to printer, press ESC to cancel

I have since found out that word is trying to connect to my default printer. At this point press ESC and waiting a few seconds word then just bursts into life, at this point though when trying to print anything my default printer is now missing from the drop down list.

Closing word and going to Start >> Printer and fax’s and removing my default printer and then re-adding the printer back in to printers and fax’s. Now I can open up word and everything is now working fine.

I looked on my forums while getting this problem and not one of them mention anything about this problem I have been getting, I have been getting the error under office 2007 so I am intrigued to know whether this affects any other versions of word.

Any questions about the above please email me.

How can I change the CD Key of my Office XP / 2003 / 2007 installation?

1. Locate your valid product CD Key, which is located on the back of the original CD case.

2. On the Start menu, click Run.

3. In the Open box, type Regedit, and then click OK.

4. In Registry Editor, find the following subkey:


Click the plus sign (+) next to this folder. If you see only one subkey in this folder that has a 32-character {GUID} (globally unique identifier), select that subkey and go to step 5.

If you see more than one subkey that has a 32-character {GUID}, select each one until you find the one whose DisplayName value (in the right pane) matches your version of Office.

5. For the selected {GUID} subkey, select the ProductID string value in the right pane.

6. On the Edit menu, click Rename.

7. Type OldProductID and then press ENTER.

8. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

9. Start any Office program.

10. When the Microsoft Office XP User Information dialog box appears, type your valid product CD Key (located on the back of the CD case). Follow the instructions on your screen.

“If you open MS Word and it does not ask you for a CD Key, go to step 11.”

11. Return to step 4, select the Registration folder.

12. Change the value if key “ProductID” to “OldProductID”

13. Delete the key DigitalProductId

14. Follow steps 8 – 10.

“If you open MS Word and it still does not ask you for a CD Key, go to step 15.”

15. Return to step 4, select the Registration folder.

16. Right click Registration folder and select rename.

17. Type OldRegistration and press enter.

18. Follow steps 8 – 10.


“Always backup your registry before making any changes, this site will not be responsible for any data loss you may incur.”