How to Use a Key Generator in Windows XP


"Keygens," or "Key Generators," are programs that create randomized product keys, serial numbers and registration codes for products. These files are helpful in the event of a lost product key for your original software installation. Using key generators in Windows XP is easy and requires only the keygen itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Windows XP
  • Key generator ("Keygen")

How to Use Key Generators in Windows XP

  • Open the key generator application for the program you wish to install by double-clicking the file. You may be prompted to input a user name to be associated with your unique key; feel free to use just your first name, initials or an alias. This information is only required to generate the key and is not stored by the key generator program itself.

  • Click "Generate Key" at the bottom of the key generator window and the program will create a unique, randomized product key or serial number for your program. You can create as many product keys as you like, but only one key is needed for installation.

  • Select the product key generated by the Keygen program and right-click the highlighted numbers and letters. Select "Copy" and then "Paste" the product key into your desired program's installation menu. You can also write the product key you create down and copy it manually into the installer's window. Click "Next" in the installer window after typing in your product key, the program should instantly verify your product key and begin installing to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the program you wish to install does not recognize the product key or serial number you have created with the key generators in Windows, simply run the Keygen program again and obtain a new product key. Input the new key, and your installation should recognize it instantly and continue to install. Always double-check that you have correctly copied the product key's letters and numbers and remember to pay attention to capitalization. ("EFF2-fgT9-PvbM" is not the same as "Eff2-FGt9-pVBm.")

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