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#1 rexifelis

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:39 PM

it has been a while since i posted here, looks like bleeping is still going strong! :thumbsup:

anyhow... i was hoping that someone here could take a stab at my problem?

whenever this computer boots it displays an error:
"the product key used to install windows is invalid."
this install of XP is using the same key as all the other computers across campus, our site-license of xp pro (which going from the original cd is pre-SP1!) and we use a properly done sysprep setup.
the machine passes all of the validation software downloaded from microsoft,
both windows update and microsoft update passes it and allows updates to be downloaded
the stand-alone product activation/validation program also passes the system.
if it were my machine it would not bother me... but this is really worrying the client pretty badly.
it almost sounds like i need to backup her machine and re-image it (which actually has more of the newer software on it anyway)

thanks lots for your time!!

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 07:42 PM

Hi Rex,

Check the date on the computer. (PM coming your way with explaination) It said Windows was counterfeited and would not accept anything else. If you have used the WGA tool, and did the manual things, you can call Microsoft. They will help you fix the problem.

One other thought. Is it possible you have a 500 (Insert number here) seat licence and have exceeded that number?

As the boss said... sometimes its easier and more cost effective to just reimage.

Hope this helps

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Edited by rigel, 14 December 2006 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 10:12 PM

The easiest fix is to call Microsoft. They'll ask you some questions and will issue you a key that'll fix this (I've done this at the wife's office) in most cases.
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