reinstall xp media to new hard drive

July 27, 2010 at 22:58:42
Specs: Windows XP
trying to reinstall wp media from iso disc. All works ok till the product key number is inputed from laptop and it says invalid. Cant get past that step and dont want to use a bogus key number. Just want to use the one i have on the laptop.

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July 27, 2010 at 23:56:18
Where did you get the iso disk; and is it an iso of the same type as your "key" is designed for?

In other words is your key for an OEM, or Retail; and is the iso full or retail (image) version?

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July 28, 2010 at 06:51:52
Downloaded from Torrents. It is a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2 Bootable DVD. I also have a file for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 HP OEM that I have not written to disc yet.

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July 28, 2010 at 06:53:58
My product key on the laptop indicates it is for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 HP

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July 28, 2010 at 07:27:18
laptops etc. generally preloaded by manufacturer etc.. are "usually" an OEM installation... Thus if the iso you have ins't same (OEM) then the key you have won't work...

Try the other one you have and see what happens?

Also anything idenfiied as per a given manufacturer (HP/Compaq, Delle tc.) are usually badged and "phyxed" to work "only" with that brand of kit... So if your pc/laptop isn't an HP/Compaq - it may not work anyway?

The first iso you have tried would appear not be a branded one? But again, it's likely the key you have is an OEM and you're not using an OEM iso...

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July 29, 2010 at 08:06:07
Thanks ... it worked perfectly.

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July 29, 2010 at 09:06:58
mmm nice to hear; thank you for posting back...

Clarify for me though...; just so I am able so clarify/explain more clearly for others anon..; the sticker details (on the laptop itself) does it include the letters OEM in its details/legend? Or are they only in the license details actually found within in the OS installation itself? I suspect yours does not have OEM on the sticker info.; it will only be within the OS license info itself.

My understanding is that bulk installations (those done by the usual big manufacturers/suppliers) do NOT have OEM in the affixed sticker info. However if you acquire and install an OEM disk yourself - the details you get with it do include the letters OEM (on what would be the sticker -) and also will be within the OS installation itself.

My Acer Aspire - almost 5ys old now - is an Acer bulk installation (OEM); but the sticker does NOT have OEM included in its details... Wheres the OS itself (with a slightly different set of characters too) does include OEM.

It is this slight discrepancy between OEM and non OEM installations that frequently trips people up when attempting to (re-)install a system and may not be using the original disks...

The type of disk used must have the requisite (same) type of key to accept and complete the installation...

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