How to Activate Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 with a CD Key
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (SP3) is one of the most popular and stable versions of Windows operating system. It was released by Microsoft in 2008 and it includes many security and performance improvements over previous service packs. However, to use Windows XP SP3, you need to activate it with a valid product key, which is a 25-character code that verifies that your copy of Windows is genuine and not pirated.
There are different types of product keys for Windows XP SP3, depending on the source of your installation media. The most common ones are:
VOL: These are volume license keys that are used for large-scale deployments of Windows XP in organizations or institutions. They do not require online activation and they can be used multiple times on different computers.
VLK: These are volume license keys that are similar to VOL keys, but they are specific to certain regions or languages. They also do not require online activation and they can be used multiple times on different computers.
OEM: These are original equipment manufacturer keys that are pre-installed on computers from certain brands or manufacturers. They are tied to the hardware of the computer and they cannot be transferred to another computer. They require online or phone activation once per computer.
Retail: These are retail keys that are purchased from a store or online. They can be used only once per computer and they require online or phone activation.
To activate Windows XP SP3 with a CD key, you need to follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP SP3 installation CD into your CD-ROM drive and start the installation process.
When prompted, enter the CD key that matches your installation media type. For example, if you have a VOL or VLK installation CD, enter a VOL or VLK CD key. If you have an OEM installation CD, enter an OEM CD key. If you have a retail installation CD, enter a retail CD key.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation process.
After the installation is finished, restart your computer and log in to Windows XP SP3.
If you have an OEM or retail CD key, you need to activate Windows XP SP3 online or by phone within 30 days of installation. To do this, click on the Start button, then click on All Programs, then click on Accessories, then click on System Tools, then click on Activate Windows. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the activation process.
If you do not have a valid CD key for Windows XP SP3, you can find some official and original CD keys from Microsoft on the Internet. Here are some examples of CD keys for different types of installation media:
Please note that these CD keys may not work for all versions of Windows XP SP3 or for all computers. You should always use a CD key that matches your installation media type and your computer hardware. Also, using these CD keys may violate Microsoft's terms of service and may result in legal consequences. Use them at your own risk. aa16f39245