Invalid Installtion ID - Windows XP

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December 2, 2010 at 00:58:31
Specs: Windows XP
I recently just installed a new motherboard into my computer and Windows is asking me to activate my PC. But everytime I insert my installation ID through the phone, it keeps saying its invalid. I can't put in my product key or log onto the internet either. Any solutions? Thanks in advance.

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December 2, 2010 at 02:40:53
Get yourself a legitimate version of Windows with a legitimate key.


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December 2, 2010 at 05:01:04
If you are the owner of an OEM computer like Dell, Gateway, etc. The version of Windows included when new is keyed to the motherboard. If you replaced it with a different model then your version of Windows is no longer valid.

Is that what happened?

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December 2, 2010 at 14:41:00
Yeah, I replaced it with a new one. I'm assuming when I enter the ID numbers, Windows can see that its been used before. I'll buy a new Windows software and see what happens. Thanks again.

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December 2, 2010 at 16:41:17
It isn't that it was used before. It is that it can only be used with the original hardware (motherboard). Sometimes folks get by anyway. You are the unlucky one.

What kind of hardware do you have. Consider Windows 7. Unfortunately you can't run the upgrade advisor because the computer isn't running is it? Are you able to run Windows right now?

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December 2, 2010 at 21:18:34
The new motherboard is an ASUS, as well as my old one. I'm basically making a custom PC. My old motherboard doesn't work anymore. I'm using two different computers (I'm on my laptop now) while I get the other one settled. It boots up & everything as it should but when I sign into my account, it stops me, telling me to activate Windows. And like I said before, since the numbers don't work, it doesn't let me go any further than that. I was considering getting Windows 7 as well and is there another way I can get this fix without buying another Windows software or another computer?

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December 3, 2010 at 03:21:08
In a word, no. As I stated your original license is keyed to the original motherboard. The brand doesn't matter. Sometimes a replacement board that is a close enough match to the original will slip past. Obviously that isn't happening in your case.

Did you buy more than just the motherboard? Like a newer processor (CPU) and memory?

If so, post the model of the motherboard and I may b able to determine if it will run Windows 7. Usually the basic hardware is not the problem when upgrading to 7. The issue is drivers for older hardware like printers, scanners, game gear, etc. Also, some software that works on Windows XP may not function correctly under Windows 7. That can sometimes be overcome by running it in a compatibility mode. Same for hardware.

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