Rejects Product Code

January 6, 2009 at 13:19:54
Specs: XP Pro, 3GB/256
I'm trying to re-install XP Pro on an Extended Dos Partition but it won't accept the same product code it did last year. Also, it won't load Killdisk from a floppy. It's like somethings wrong with the HDD although it formatted OK to FAT32 and then to NTFS. I even tried using several other product codes and they were rejected as well. Any ideas? Thanx

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January 6, 2009 at 13:34:02
Are any of the product codes you tried the legal key for that installation?

What do you mean it won't load killdisk from a floppy? Where are you trying to place it and why?

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January 6, 2009 at 14:50:53
If you have a hard disk with a Dell recovery partition, I suggest that you do not run 'Killdisk'. It will remove that 'valuable' partition, which is needed for a Dell Recovery.

NTVDM = NT, Win2K and WinXP Virtual DOS Manager

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January 6, 2009 at 14:59:01
If it rejects the code then you must have all ready installed the operating sytem...

For all of MS operating system the product code is linked to the TYPE (version) of installation CD that is used....

OEM must have OEM COA
Retail must have retail COA
Upgrade must use upgrade COA
There is no way around this requirement. So check the installation CD that you used and determine what version it is as it is stamped into the hieroglyphic background of the original Microsoft installation CD.

If you are using a supplied disc from the manufacturer it is more than likely an OEM version...

The next thing to check is to make sure that you typed the code in exactly as shown...take great care in reading 8's and B's as they are sometimes hard to distinguish.

In reference to 11/05/2008

"So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
- George Lucas

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January 6, 2009 at 18:54:41
Why would you be using an extended partition?

What do you have on the primary?

going past the coa issue there may be more afoot than the license.

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." - Padme

from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

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January 6, 2009 at 22:45:43
DELL XP do not require a Key Code, only that a CoA is attached to casing.

They use BIOS LOCK to authenticate XP.

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January 7, 2009 at 16:14:41
1. othehill: yes, it is the legal key. I was trying earlier to delete the partions and was using Killdisk but I couldn't even install killdisk from the floppy, normally a simple do.
2. aegis1 - what do you mean by a "valuable' partition? Do Dells require a special recovery?
3. lurkswith - yes, I did an O.S. load onto the ntfs partition and it asked for a product code. It wouldn't accept, however, the product code that came with the system disk which was purchased at C-City.
4. wanderer - I used an extended dos partition because I was installing two O.S. WinMe and Win XP.
5. itgure - pls explain why Dell doesn't require an XP product code, and how do I get around a BIOS lock to install a non-oem version of XP. That is very interesting. Thanx to all.

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January 7, 2009 at 16:42:52

Look at the link below.

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January 8, 2009 at 10:58:31
OtheHill - specifically, what I have is a Dell Inspiron computer whose HDD has been fully erased and re-formatted. I do not have the original OEM system disk for this computer, rather, I purchased a copy of XP Pro from a commercial supplier and attempted to install it onto the HDD. The install got as far as the product code input phase but refused to accept the product code that came with the system disk I purchased. Your link above implies that a Dell will only accept the OEM O.S. that was "married" during the first install. Meaning the BIOS is looking only for that OEM O.S. that was initially installed as itguru suggests? Is this correct. If so, can I get around this problem? Thanx

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January 8, 2009 at 11:08:35
If you read the entire thread I believe it stated they are now making users phone in. I think myself there are too many of the OEM CDs floating around and MSoft wants XP gone anyway.

I don't know of any way around it and besides that would be against the forum rules to help with that.

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January 8, 2009 at 14:04:40
Hill - I wasn't looking for a way around Microsoft's policies/priviledges, I thought maybe my BIOS needed adjusting. Anyway, in desperation I borrowed a friend's XP Pro disk just to test it out and it installed fine. I can only assume something is wrong with my disk. Back to square one. Maybe I'll try Solaris - Heh Heh. Thanx until my next Post.

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