activate Windows XP without a key

There are times when you lose your product key for Windows XP. Yes, it is true that the product key is normally attached to your computer in a sort of sticker or might come with the manual. But, there are chances that you might lose them. Or you might be just wondering how to activate Windows XP without a key. Well, that’s difficult but not impossible for sure.

In case you have lost your product key, there is no need to worry since it can be located in the registry. The product key is encrypted and not readable which makes it very difficult to locate it but here I will help you to locate it and use it.

Before getting in deep with finding the product key and finding a way to activate Windows XP without a key, let’s discuss Windows XP Operating System.

Windows XP was created by Microsoft in 2001. It is well known that Windows XP is an operating system that is used worldwide by numerous people. However, Windows has stopped providing support since 2011. Ever since then, there have been no updates for Windows XP.

Since Windows does not provide any support to the Windows XP Operating system, then your system might face some security issues but overall, it will work just fine.

Let’s discuss finding the product key for your Windows XP Operating system in case you have misplaced it.

activate Windows XP without a key

How to find Windows XP Operating System product key

Since the product key is encrypted for and is not readable, hence it is difficult to locate it. But, here I am to provide you some light on this topic. Follow the discussed steps below to find your Windows XP operating system product key within the registry.

Step 1: First and foremost thing you need to do is find a free product key finder program that will support the Windows XP Operating system.

The product key finder will help you to locate the Windows XP product key. You can use Belarc Advisor, Magical Jelly Bean Key finder, Winkey finder, License Crawler, or ProduKey.

Step 2: Download the key finder on your PC and run it. To install it, follow the steps provided by the software.

I will recommend you to use Belarc Advisor since it is easy to use. Not just easy to use but to install it and even running the program is easy.

Step 3: Once you run this software on your Operating system, it will display the result in a web browser. The product key will be located under the Software Licenses section.

Step 4: The numbers that will be displayed in front of you by the finder software showcase the Windows XP product key.

In case you have no idea how the product key looks like, then you must know that it will be five sets of five letters and numbers. The format is xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.

Step 5: You can use this product key for reinstalling the Windows XP on your PC.

Activate Windows XP without a Key

activate Windows XP without a key

To activate Windows XP without a key can be done by following the steps discussed below.

Step 1: Launch run on your Windows XP operating system.

Step 2: Within the run, type in “Regedit” and click on run or you can simply hit the enter button.

Step 3: The search result will pop open the registry editor. You need to expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE option.

Step 4: Then, click on the Software option and select the Microsoft option.

Step 5: Once entered in the Microsoft option, click on the Windows NT option, and then select the Current Version option.

Step 6: Within the Current Version option, select the WPAEvents which you can easily locate under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE option.

Step 7: When you will enter the menu of WPAEvents, you will be able to locate OOBETimer at the right panel of the screen or menu.

Step 8: You need to change the value. For doing so you need to double click on the OOBETimer.

Step 9: Simple delete the values and enter a new value like:

FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F D5 33 93 FD

And then click OK button.

Step 10: Now you need to right-click on WPAEvents and click on permissions option.

Step 11: A new window will pop up. Within that, click on the System tab and select the “Deny Full control” option.

Step 12: Then, hit the OK button and select the YES button on the next screen and exit the registry menu.

Step 13: Now, you need to restart your Windows XP Operating system.

Step 14: Once the windows restarts, press the start button and select the run software.

Step 15: Within run search bar, enter %system which will bring up the system information.

Step 16: Over there you will see that a copy of Windows XP is now activated without using any Windows product key.

Windows product key

You can also make use of these product keys to activate your Windows XP operating system.

Product key for Windows XP 32-bit


































Product key for Windows XP 64-bit


















Wrapping Up

I hope this article was useful to all the users out there looking for a way to activate Windows without a key.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


  1. Hi


    I followed all steps.
    At step 11 I clicked on the “Deny Full control” option….however…..the box “Read” simultaneously got ticked.
    Nevertheless I then clicked OK ……and the YES button on the next screen
    I thereafter restarted my PC in the hope that my attempt was successful. But unfortunately my attempt proved to be unsuccessful.

    Kind regards


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