Product key codes do not work with XP CD

February 18, 2010 at 13:56:08
Specs: Windows XP professional
I have an old laptop that needed a new hard drive. I have fitted new hard drive and now need to load XP pro so borrowed cd intending to use the product key code on the lable on the Laptop but it does not work. Can anyone help at all. The borrowed cd does have a working product key but I cannot use it at request of owner. The company that built and supplied the Laptop are not around any more.

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#1
February 18, 2010 at 14:02:56
Product key will only work with certain types of Windows CD. The product key you have on the Laptop will be for an OEM version designed for that computer. The CD you have will be a different, possible a retail version or a different OEM version.

As the company that supplied the original CD has gone out of business the sad fact is that, to put it bluntly, you are up the creek without a paddle.

Your only real option is you purchase a retail version of XP, not an easy thing to do these days.

Time to investigate the possibility of using a version of Linux.

Stuart


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#2
February 18, 2010 at 14:17:38
Thanks No funds at the moment and Laptop worth less than retail copy of XP certainly here in UK anyway

Will look at LINUS when I have funds


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#3
February 18, 2010 at 15:01:39
If...and that is a big word....use your friends key and the use microsofts key updater to change the key to match the one on your laptop.

http://cybernetnews.com/microsoft-r...

You may have to do this with your friend so they are ok with it.
On the plus side it will automatically activate using the updater


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#4
February 18, 2010 at 15:07:00
Actually it's LINUX and I'm surprised at you jam for providing information leading to piracy. Perhaps you should also have provided a reference to the last paragraph on the link page:

"Note: Piracy is not encouraged and against the law. This article is to show that there’re indeed such a method of obtaining CD keys, and that any anti-counterfeit measure will likely ultimately cause trouble to licensed users too."

Home Page http://ewen.uuuq.com/


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#5
February 18, 2010 at 15:23:18
Thanks one and all
I did read the article, bad grammar and spelling errors included, and had decided it was not for me.
I also note my error and note it should be LINUX which I shall investigate soon.


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#6
February 18, 2010 at 16:17:04
"I'm surprised at you jam for providing information leading to piracy. Perhaps you should also have provided a reference to the last paragraph on the link page"

All I did was provide a link. And assuming the OP checks it out, the paragraph is there for him to read & then decide for himself what to do. All I know is I have more XP product keys than I know what to do with...lol.


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#7
February 18, 2010 at 19:21:46
There was a time when Microsoft published a list of generic keys, so people could re-install xp using a disk other than their own.

Once installed the key updater had to be used....to activate.

Since Microsoft offers a free tool to legalize a users copy of xp
,what key was used to install seems like a mute point.

jam: Now that was an eye opener! LOL!


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