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#1 Julian Ooi

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:32 PM

My brother in law gave my dad his old PC with a legitimate version of Windows XP Home on it. However, when I tried to download Windows Defender for my dad, WGA said it was not a valid product key.

Unfortunately, I did not have time to investigate why the key was not valid or try rectifying it, but I wondered if he should not go online until I or my brother in law get chance to sort out the problem.

I have looked on the microsoft and MGA websites to see if this is a problem and they state that if the product key is not valid then you will not be able to download certain software and updates, however critical updates can still be downloaded. They also state that when going through the validating process no details of name, address or email address are taken.

I was concerned though, because I had heard that if you run what microsoft deems a non valid version of XP then your operating system can be blocked. I looked on this forum and one person said it is not a problem as he has been using the same product key on three PC's (therefore not valid) for years and has never had a problem. Someone else on this forum said that you can get blocked with a non valid key, but it may be within 2 weeks, a month or even after a year.

Does it depend on the reason why your product key is not valid whether you become blocked? (For example, blocked VLK or keygen created as opposed to multiple users.)

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:39 PM

Go to this site and run the diagnostic tool to find out what's going on with that key.
http://www.ghacks.net/2006/06/10/find-out-...id-product-key/
If you know this copy of XP is not legit your beating a dead horse asking for advice.

Edited by CTH_Tom, 19 January 2008 - 05:39 PM.

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#3 Julian Ooi

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:02 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. The product key is genuine as my brother in law had been using it for years with no problem. He got a new PC so he gave this one to my dad.

The problem is I will not have acces to my dad's PC to run the diagnostic tool for some time. I am sure I could find and rectify the problem, but in the mean time I wanted to know if he should not use it .

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:10 PM

If your sure it's genuine then why not use it?
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:16 PM

Because WGA said it was not valid and sends this info back to microsoft.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/ViewKeyXP.htm
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:28 PM

Any chance your brother-in-law is using the same version of XP on his new system, along with his old key? If so, that would invalidate the key on one of the two machines.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:19 AM

I don't think so because my brother in law has now got a laptop and it had XP pre-installed. I asked him and he doesn't know why either, but he lives even further away and probably would not be able to go to my dad's for a few months. I was wonderering if it might be because he registered the PC at his address and now it has moved, so the PC will have a different IP address when going online.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:50 AM

Activation can get "hosed" for many reasons. You'll need to locate the genuine Windows sticker with the key written on it - if you have that, then you can contact Microsoft and get that copy "reactivated". If you don't have the genuine Windows sticker, then it may not be legitimate - although you've got nothing to lose by trying to activate it anyway.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 09:38 AM

XP has already been activated as my brother in law used it, with no problems, before the PC went to my dad's. My dad had been using the PC for a few weeks with no noticeable problems (but he only uses it for viewing web pages and little else). I only realised there was a problem when I tried to download Windows Defender for my dad and WGA said that validation was unsuccessful? (As you know, before trying to download certain software from micosoft your product key for XP has to pass a validity test by WGA; but it failed.) Before the PC went to my dad's there were no validity issues with it.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:04 AM

Have you checked garmanma's link?

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:47 PM

Thanks for everyone's help.

I have a few things I can try now when I go to my dad's to sort out his product key problem.

Should he not use his PC until I sort it out?

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:23 PM

I could be wrong here but no doubt someone will correct me if I am.

On activation of a retail version of XP MS receives details of the PC namely details of Motherboard drive vga card etc.

If I remember correctly, if 2 of the 3 are changed then MS will reject the prog as a pirate. I could be wrong but worth checking out.




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