Xpand Rally

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Invalid Serial Number
By Freyar
A quick fix for the "Serial Number is incorrect" error.
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What Happened?

Sometime during Steam's change to the ACF format, Steam forgot how to write serial numbers in the correct place. End result is that the game cannot validate your key. Put simply, Steam screwed up, but the fix is fairly simple.
The Easy Fix
As always, it is important to note that you should be VERY CAREFUL about editing your registry. Only do a change if you understand what you are doing and understand that making a mistake can be detrimental to your machine. You do this at your own risk.

  • Click Start.
  • Select Run if using Windows XP.
  • Enter "REGEDIT" with no quotes and hit enter. You can use the searchbar in Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Techland\XpandRally (For 64-bit Systems)
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Techland\XpandRally (For 32-bit Systems)
  • Right-Click on (Default) and select MODIFY
  • Copy the contents of "Value Data" and paste them into notepad.
  • Right click on empty space in the main window and select NEW then String Value
  • Name the new entry as "SerialNumber" with no quotes.
  • Right-Click on "SerialNumber" and paste your key in.

Should you not have a key listed in the (Default) string, you can also use the following key provided by Techland instead: LCWCR-EXEW7-TXCL9-XCK49-XRFWY

The above key was provided by Techland in the event that newer purchasers didn't get one when buying the game. Since the game is no longer buyable (at least in the North American region), this shouldn't be the case for most people.

By doing it this way, you don't have to worry about keeping a support e-mail from Techland around every time you want to install it, and Steam (albeit half-***ed) still stores your own legally licensed key.

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23 Comments
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V-TEC Kicked in Yo! Mar 9, 2014 @ 8:14am 
Im sorry for that, but what means String Value? Im german and yes...i really would like to know what it means on my language ^^ and the calculator is wrong
Screaming Maverick Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:12am 
OK, tried and.............................Yup, it worked
LAS NICHOS Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:00pm 
Okay ! My mistake here. I gave it an other try, and as I couldn't rename the default value where I pasted your generic cd Key at first, I found out that i forgot to create a new string value with "SerialNumber" as name on it. Now, it works fine, I've just launch the game.

Do you know if the Lan works with 2 players with the same generic key ?
THANK YOU again for your quick answer, and still supporting the drifters like me.
Freyar  [author] Dec 25, 2013 @ 6:28pm 
Use the key as it is written in the guide.
If it's incorrect, you may need to contact Techland. I'll double-check on my machine soonish to see if I can't make sure it works. If not, I'll poke them again.
LAS NICHOS Dec 25, 2013 @ 6:27pm 
Good guide but same here in Techland\xpand rally : "No value set", so no cd key's given ....
An other joke from Steam, a problem from last year still not solved.
Thanks though for the effort.

And I tried with the serial you provide up there, and the launcher says now the serial number is incorrect... :(
This game shouldn'nt be on sale, it's kind of a scam.
Twinmill Dec 23, 2013 @ 2:02pm 
When I do it theres no value data?

It says "No value set"
[MTTB] FaZe HordS Dec 19, 2013 @ 4:25am 
i gave up

made a ticket to get my money back and bough 3 other games instead
formaggio maestro Dec 18, 2013 @ 9:25pm 
thx lm a bit sorry for the way l went about this.l had the game before steam got it.thx cobb`a your a real mate. thx again
Freyar  [author] Dec 18, 2013 @ 8:46pm 
I think that Steam should be fixing this, but the game's support has pretty much ended. Regardless, this is a simple work-around anyway so you can still play. Keep in mind, I don't work for Steam or Techland.
formaggio maestro Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:19am 
should`nt steam be fixing this.why should l stuff around with this .its just a other game rip off thx.for nuthing.p,s. this is bull shit l delete the game it ezyer