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New Install of XP - actual Key Code not valid

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#1 deeman7777


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:26 AM

I have run into this issue on several PC's. The PC was so bad I needed to do a reinstall.

It went well, but after 30 days my family did not register the new WIN XP and it now locks them out.

In the past I could register/activate by phone and if the XP was deemed invalid by MS, a live operator would come on, ask if the WIN XP software was on the same PC, bla bla bla and they would give a new XP combo to type in and all was well. I suspect that this service was stopped cause XP is no longer "supported" by MS.

To reiterate - the key is the ACTUAL KEY on the sticker affixed to the tower (not a keygen or pirated key) - yet it's still deemed by MS as invalid or pirated.

I have used a XP Key Changer with a bit of success, but is there another process I am missing to make this easier?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:13 AM

Activation issues...are the province of Microsoft and its authorized agents.

As for XP phone activation being phased out...that's news to me, since I had no problem with such about 3 months ago.


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:17 AM

As of last July Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP without SP3. If you have Windows XP with SP3 it will be supported until 2014.

Just out of curiosity, download and run System Information for Windows. When it opens scroll down to Licenses and click on it. When it opens you should see Windows Key along with the twenty five character alphanumerical code. Check to be sure that this matches the code on the case.

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#4 deeman7777

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:05 PM

Thanks for the info. I am locked out for now since the friend let 30 days pass. I will try a key changer in a boot disk to see if it allows me some more time in order to get into the full Win XP OS and snoop around.

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