Windows XP wont accept my product key

November 21, 2010 at 16:13:24
Specs: Windows XP, 4GB
Hello all, I am having trouble getting Windows XP to accept my product key serial number which I have had and been using since I bought the computer new around six years ago. I am going to be making some hardware upgrades and be switching over to windows 7, so I was in the process of updating all my drivers when after updating my motherboard driver it asked me to restart my computer in order to finish the instalation. I did so and upon restart something happened to which the end result was that I was asked to activate my Windows XP and would I like to do that now, obviously I did, well not really, I wanted it to just carry on working as normal but that wasn't an option. I entered my serial number, and it told me it wasnt valid. What do I do now. And will it affect me being able to install my new Windows 7 which is the upgrade version from Vista or XP?...thanks in advance.

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#1
November 22, 2010 at 01:58:28
It wont affect your upgrade but it should not ask yo for you key again after it already being activated. ignore what it says, I would say that while trying to download update you may have picked a virus that is stealing your windows key. But it wont affect your upgrade to windows 7. Windows 7 will have a separate activation key.

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#2
November 22, 2010 at 03:08:58
Thank you it's good to know that it won't affect my upgrade, I've really been looking forward to that. I've even gone slighly dweeby and been looking longingly at the screen shots of how it looks!. I don't like the idea that a virus might have gotten past my AVG protection though, but I will be installing a new SSD hard drive for Windows to run from so at least that should physically remove the threat, if that was what it was.

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#3
November 22, 2010 at 03:19:36
Yeah i love my windows 7, i skipped vista because I wasn't prepared for the disappointment but windows 7 is amazing. Wish i had a SDD drive to but iv only got my laptop.

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#4
November 22, 2010 at 03:27:13
I skipped Vista for the sme reason. I didn't know XP had a 64 bit version though or I might have tried that in between times although I hear that that was not without it's problems too.

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#5
November 22, 2010 at 03:32:03
Yeah 64bit XP is very unstable i avoided that after a friend tried it and has so many problems with programs not working.

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