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    Unhappy Getting Program Key when installing xp pro using VMware Player

    I've installed xp pro using vmware player in my windows 7 just built machine. I must admit that it was very easy to do and I like not having to install dual boot like I have done in the past plus it's free. However, I have run into a problem with entering the xp product key. I can't believe Microsoft is still trying to control this while no longer supporting xp. When I enter my product key xp is telling me that I have already used up all my installs and that I need to call Microsoft to get their permission to install it again. What nerve Microsoft has. Of course, they want you to purchase Windows 7 which I said I already have installed. As a result of this problem I cannot apply any updates. I am currently running XP SP2. Should I be concerned? If so how can I get around this problem since I have about 20 days to go before I need to register. I have googled this and have tried to make some mods to the register but could not find the entries to modify in my register. Anyone have any thoughts.

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    Are you still using that XP license on another computer?
    If you are not, just go ahead and call Microsoft, explain the situation and they should give you an activation code without many problems.

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    I guess I can do that but just don't like the thoughts of Microsoft controlling XP without supporting it. I was hoping there's another way.

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    All XP SKUs are in extended support until 8/4/2014 - XP support lifecycle. See Microsoft Support Lifecycle FAQ for an explanantion of the support phases.

    Joe

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    XP support hasn't ended yet, so your statement isn't accurate. I think support will only end on 2014, so there are still almost 1,000 days of support for XP.

    I know this may not be what you want to hear, but even if support had expired, they would still have the right to make sure their software is used only by those who have legal licenses.

    A call will solve your problems. Though I had never to do it myself, I have read from several people explaining that Microsoft's support promply helped with the activation, once the situation that lead to the call was explained to them.

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