how to deactivate Windows XP? so I can sell the PC it's on

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Grappletech, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. Grappletech

    Grappletech Guest

    I put a PC on ebay for sell, and I put in the ad, has Windows XP on it, but
    you must use your own product key/copy. Because I want to retain my rights
    to my Windows XP (full version). I guess I should just format the hard
    drive, and ship it to them that way? Or is there a way to tell Windows to
    turn itself off after a week or so? The auction's almost over. I just
    don't want someone taking the PC and using my product key. thanks.
    Grappletech, Mar 6, 2007
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    Pen Guest

    Just format the drive. There are ways to change/delete the product key
    but I wouldn't risk it.
    Pen, Mar 6, 2007
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    j1mb0jay Guest

    If you formatte the machine like stated by "Pen" and then install XP on your
    machine all should be ok, if you ring the 0800 number on the CD case and
    tell Microsoft (if requested to ) all will be fine.
    j1mb0jay, Mar 6, 2007
  4. Grappletech

    Grappletech Guest

    You mean format MY PC's HD (the one not being sold) and then reinstall XP
    and call the 800 number? Or should I format the PC's HD on the PC I'm
    auctioning? I just dont want the people who win the auction for the PC to
    use my version of XP and perhaps lock me out of using it on my other PC.
    It says in the auction "does have XP on it but you must use your own
    product key". I would change the auction's wording to say "HD is
    formatted and ready for your own OS", but ebay doesn't allow changes in the
    ad at all within 12 hours of the end of the auction.
    Grappletech, Mar 6, 2007
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    Pen Guest

    The most bullet proof way is to format the drive in the PC being sold,
    then reinstall XP WITHOUT entering a key. That way they'll have a few
    days to enter their key.
    Pen, Mar 6, 2007
  6. Grappletech

    Grappletech Guest

    That's a great idea. I'll do that. But I thought you had to enter in a
    product key to start the XP installation?
    Grappletech, Mar 7, 2007
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    Neil Green Guest

    Change the key to a dodgy one.
    Whoever buys it will be locked out of Windows update,
    but you made that clear in the auction.
    Neil Green, Mar 7, 2007
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    JTJersey Guest

    What type of Windows XP is on the machine? Is it a White Box with an OEM
    full version or a retail full version from (like) Best Buy? Did it come
    already installed your PC?
    JTJersey, Mar 9, 2007
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    grappletech Guest

    It was a retail full version that I bought separate from a PC. I solved
    the problem. I just reloaded Windows XP up to the point where it's on the
    HD but wants the serial #. But then a problem arised because I advertised
    it as having Linux on it also. It was worded in the auction as "has Win XP
    on it but you have to provide own product key, but has FULL verison of
    Linux" (dual partioned). And after I reloaded XP, everytime I'd reboot the
    PC, instead of going to the normal screen where you pick whether to boot to
    Linux or Win XP, it'd instead go straight to Windows XP setup and demand
    the product key, thus not allowing you to boot to Linux. So I stuck my
    XandrOS Linux cd-rom in and reloaded Linux, and then after that I got my
    screen back where it lets you load Linux or XP. So then I was able to ship
    the PC out to the customer, with a working OS on it (XandrOS Linux). I had
    to be careful, because the lady who bought the PC doesn't know much about
    PC's and she needed it to be operational out of the box.
    grappletech, Mar 9, 2007
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