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#1 big_alex

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 12:25 AM

Hey guys, I tried to reformate my friends computer, actually, i did reformate it and when i poped in the Windows XP CD when it asked for the Registration number, i entered it and it told me it was invalid. Now my friend bought this computer custom made from a friend, and he dident find the Serial Key on the side of his comp so he ran a XP serial key finder, and that how he got the key. Now we typed in every letter and number exactly, and it does not let us continue with the XP installation.

What should I do? What should I have done?

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 01:03 AM

Get back with that friend and find out where he got the WinXP from and where's the correct product key.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 01:43 AM

I had this happen when I was installing W2k last month, and I wiped the drive and tried again and it worked. It just goes to show that Murphy was right.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 08:44 AM

What did you use to wipe the drive?

Use the Windows CD to do it.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:06 AM

well i did a clean wipe, that is to say booted computer from CD, deleted his partioned drive, created a new one, everything went fine. BTW i found out that his laptop is running on the same cd key, i guess the guy he bought the comp from used both cd keys for laptop and desktop. What should I do?

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:19 AM

Buy a new Full Install Windows XP CD and license.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:54 AM

Buy a new Full Install Windows XP CD and license.


Yes, and do it before Microsoft shuts off both computers.

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 04:48 PM

ok, i thought there was a way to Reformate a computer. In the future, if i have to reformate my computer, what should i do? (only 1 cd to this registration)

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 04:59 PM

If you need to wipe/reload your system, use the original CD and product key that you got with the computer. Microsoft has gotten pretty wise to the piracy game and therefore will lock out any computer showing an unauthorized duplication of product keys.

In other words, use your own CD, mate. ;)

As for your friend, make sure that he has an authorized product key to use with the CD before wiping his system.

Hope that was helpful at least a little bit.

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 07:26 AM

If you're having problems with the product key and you're sure that it's a legitimate copy of XP you can contact Microsoft for assistance.

There used to be a program that would get you a legit copy of XP if you turned in the offender to Microsoft.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 10:07 AM

Get genuine: How can I take advantage of the Microsoft genuine Windows offer?
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads...#Question5Label




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