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Win XP will not accept product key


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#1 Blufx

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

HP DX2450 Microtower. This system comes with HP branded Windows XP install disk and a restore disk(among others). I wanted to perform a repair install on XP. Inserted the HP restore disk, system reported it sees a valid restore disk and ask for the Windows install disk. I put in the HP Windows XP disk, when it got to "install Windows" , I chose "repair an existing XP installation". When it finished installing, it ask for the product ID. I looked on the CD, in the i386 folder/unattend.txt, bottom line is the product ID. When I put in this key, it tells me it's not a valid key. Now I'm stuck. How can this not be a valid ID when it's on the same disk used to install Windows, and what can I do now?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:30 AM

Often the product key is on a stick attached to the computer.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

This system comes with HP branded Windows XP install disk and a restore disk(among others).

Hi -
Have you "recently purchased" this computer or have you had it since new, or reasonably new ??
If you have recently purchased the computer, did those CDs come from the last owner, and were they in "sealed packs" ??

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:53 AM

Solved! Hiren's boot cd has the tool to find the CD key

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:59 AM

The key given in unnattend.txt is only an example to show system administrators how to create an automated install disk. It is not a valid key.

It would have been ideal if you had recovered the key from your computer before you started the repair install. This is one which is common across all of the manufacturer's machines. This one does not requuire activation. You next option is to use the key on the licence sticker HP placed on the computer case. This is an unique key and does require activation.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:16 AM

Thanks Uncle Rim,
I found the correct CD key using Hiren's boot CD.

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