Windows XP Pro CD key invalidated??

January 28, 2006 at 12:45:39
Specs: Windows XP Professional S, 1.5 gig

well, i got my windows xp pro SP2 disc about a year ago and installed it. its worked fine this long, ive had to reformat my drive like 2 or 3 times and everytime the cd key worked just like it should, but i had to do it again yesterday for my system and guess what, the cd key won't work anymore.

Im not talking about the WPA crap, i mean i can't install it at all, when it propts to enter your cd key before it begins a new install it says the cd key is not valid. ive tried both the original key that came with it and even tried the unattend key thats buried in the unnattend text in the cd, but it turned down both of them. ive also had a backup for a while which i have used recently and even it is rejecting the cd key. if tried for an hour or so and nothing works. please help

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January 28, 2006 at 12:55:01

There is just no possible way this can happen if you are using a legitimate, Microsoft, factory, "hologram" CD

A Cd is BY DEFINITION a "ROM" "read only media"

which means that it cannot be written to or changed.

This means that if your CD is legit, then

either it's damaged in some way

or else you are misreading your license

If you are using a "burned copy" and if you have your "product key" written down on a scrap of something, then almost anything can happen.

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January 28, 2006 at 13:06:10

I concur with name's appraise of the situation. Sorry.


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January 28, 2006 at 13:21:39

I faintly recall reading last year some press releases from M$ to the effect that they have revamped the way they run the WPA validation centers. Its targets are pirated copies that uses VLK IDs, etc. If your copy is genuine genuine and original, I suggest you call M$.


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January 28, 2006 at 13:35:23

that's a common (oem cd key)problem. just call microsoft tell them you're reinstalling xp and
give them the error message and have your cd-key ready to give them over the phone.
1-800-MICROSOFT (1-800-642-7676)

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January 28, 2006 at 13:40:48

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January 28, 2006 at 14:28:42

Some OEM CD's use parts of the hardware to tell if you are installing it on a correct machine.
Is this an OEM from Gateway or a store bought xp disk?

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