do i just start over?

April 8, 2010 at 17:38:04
Specs: Windows 17.03.2010
a fellow vet recieved pc , while using, an alert
that virus protection limit had ended. while
trying to restore protection, windows xp showed that it needed to be re-activated. now, in trying to re-activate xp the product
key showed as unauthorized. neeedless to
say, i recorded this key # and then looked
for authorization sticker on the pc, i dicovered
it was for windows vista and had seperate
product key #. i have tried both but windows
is not activated. there is no disc for it and all
i have is awindows xp sp1 disc with product
key already used on another pc. whew!! i am
glad i finally let someone else know after a
month of cursing and failing, help?

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April 8, 2010 at 17:41:17
Legally (and I'm saying that just to cover), if the other machine's copy of XP is registered, then legally you couldn't install it on another machine while using it on the first...

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April 8, 2010 at 18:28:44
That isn't all that bad. You may still be able to recover the system to Vista by a hidden partition. Even then you may be able to purchase the OEM disks for a small fee to return it to Vista.

If you want XP you may try to call MS and explain. It can't hurt at this point.

I will say I have never heard of such a situation. I'd almost be worried it is some malware scam. It may be that somehow the AV was some issue in activation. I just never heard of such a situation.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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