View Full Version : Question about Win2K Licensing

05 May 2004, 07:43 PM
It turns out one of our students installed Win2K on an office computer where we have no license for Win2K. However, we decided that it would be better to keep the OS instead of going back to 98. So with that in mind, we bought a full retail version of Win2K Pro.

For legality, do we have to format the system and re-install the OS or is there a registry edit I can do to insert the new serial number? Or does the fact that we own a retail copy be good enough?

05 May 2004, 07:56 PM
Win 2000 license agreement requires you to put the serial number sticker that comes with the software on the machine where it is installed. Afaik this sticker is the main part asked for when it comes to licensing.

05 May 2004, 08:32 PM
That's the case for systems with the OS pre-installed, but this one had 2K purchased separately from the OS. In that case, whta do I do? The stickers are stuck pretty firmly to the CD case and the software box....

05 May 2004, 03:28 AM
UDeploy (

I seem to remember another way of doing this, but can't recall offhand. If I remember, I'll post but I'm on a trip to MI for 2 weeks (minimum) tomorrow and don't know how my access will be yet.

05 May 2004, 12:16 PM
I thought w2k works pretty much like wxp, and in windows xp the following works:

05 May 2004, 03:11 AM
ah cool cool. That looks like something we may try in the future. In my process of uninstalling software that we were upgrading, the system went sort of kaput. A clean format is what we need now.

05 May 2004, 11:16 AM
The MS site has a tool for changing the serial number on a win machine, just run that.

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