Windows 2003 Activation Key

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Claudia, May 12, 2005.

  1. Claudia

    Claudia Guest

    Hello to all NG,

    one of our customer is experiencing problems with a Windows 2003
    installation on Domain Controller. What was done is an installation using an
    OEM product KEY, windows was not activated at the end of the installation
    because we were still waiting for the licenses, and the right keys, to be
    shipped. We were planning to change product key during the activation phase
    using "telephone activation" which give the option to change the serial

    The problem we are now facing is someong, we could not say who, activated
    windows with the "old" key, windows now seems correctly activated but with
    the wrong installation code. I followed the steps described in this KB
    article 328874, it is applied to Windows xp and it did not work on W2K3
    installation, infact, when I try to launch activation Wizard it says "Windows
    is already activated".

    Before this thread becomes a flame I'd like to emphasize that we did NOT use
    a pirated cd serial or similar stuff, we have both a valid serial and a valid
    W2K3 license... the only problem is that windows is activated with wrong

    There is a way to change the serial and activate Windows with correct
    serial? Please note that we cannot reformat the machine beacuse it is already
    in a production environment.

    Thanks to all!

    Claudia, May 12, 2005
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  2. Claudia

    Daniel Guest

    Yes, it is nice and straightforward as well. Of course, make sure you
    have a full backup beforehand. It was in a similar situation where
    someone did it with our MSDN key which should only have been used in our
    test lab.

    1.) Log in as the local Administrator
    2.) Click Start > Run > and type in Regedit
    3.) Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    4.) In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify
    Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows
    5.) Click OK and close regedit
    6.) Click Start > Run and type in:
    "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    7.) Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to
    activate Windows, and then click Next
    8.) Click Change Product Key (at the bottom)
    9.) Enter your valid Product Key
    10.) Press Update and close the window.
    11.) If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me later
    12.) Restart your computer
    13.) After the restart, click Start > Run, Type in:
    "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a" without the quotes.
    Make sure the dialog box says 'your copy of windows is already activated'

    I have never tried this on a domain controller before though so do so at
    your own risk! But it works fine on Workstations and Member Servers.
    Daniel, May 12, 2005
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  3. Claudia

    Claudia Guest

    Hi Daniel,

    I already tried this, as described in KB article I posted, but did not work
    for me... I changed more than one digit on the reg key you described but did
    not work... I don't think this can be due the server Role, Domain controller,
    perhaps maybe Windows 2003 Service Pack 1?

    Any further help would really appreciated... Thanks

    "Daniel" ha scritto:
    Claudia, May 12, 2005
  4. Claudia

    Daniel Guest


    so after changing the reg key, when you run msoobe.exe /a does it tell
    you that windows is still activated?
    Daniel, May 12, 2005
  5. Claudia

    Junxiu Lee Guest

    There is a tool called Keyfinder which can change Windows key.
    But it is strongly recommended that u test it in testing environment.

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    Junxiu Lee, May 12, 2005
  6. Claudia

    Claudia Guest

    Yup, that is what happened...I also tried to modify all the values in the reg
    key,... but nothing...

    "Daniel" ha scritto:
    Claudia, May 12, 2005
  7. Claudia

    Claudia Guest

    Yup I also have it but is based on a script used to change VLK Key for
    Windows XP machines and documented by MS, but it does not works for W2K3, it
    can fish the serial but not change it...

    "Junxiu Lee" ha scritto:
    Claudia, May 12, 2005
  8. Claudia

    Daniel Guest

    Strange that it does not work. Why not contact MS?
    Daniel, May 12, 2005
  9. Claudia

    Claudia Guest

    Hi Daniel,

    yes I was about to open a TT with a PSS but I finally solved the problem :p
    The solution was under my eyes and could see it ehehehe

    Well at least I have all my 5 free incident :)

    Thanks again for your help.

    Best regards, Claudia.

    "Daniel" ha scritto:
    Claudia, May 12, 2005
  10. Claudia

    Daniel Guest

    excellent! so how did you fix it?
    Daniel, May 12, 2005
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