invalid Windows XP product key

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Howie, Feb 23, 2005.

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    Howie Guest

    I am installing Windows XP on my cousin's PC that needed a hard drive size
    increase. I used Belarc Advisor and Magic Jelly Bean to confirm the product
    key of the original Windows XP install on the small hard drive.

    When I use the product key from Belarc Advisor and Magic Jellybean, it says
    that the product key is invalid.... why? I am using the Windows XP install
    CD that she gave me (I'm not sure if it's an original or not)...

    What can I do to find the valid product key?

    Howie
     
    Howie, Feb 23, 2005
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    Plato Guest

    The cd she gave you may be a different cd than the one that was
    originally used ie different types of xp cds use different sets of keys.
     
    Plato, Feb 23, 2005
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    HF Guest

    Why not use the mfrs software to copy the old drive contents to the new.Most
    if not all drive mfrs have this software available on their websites.
     
    HF, Feb 23, 2005
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    Howie Guest

     
    Howie, Feb 23, 2005
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    Howie Guest

    I also want to get rid of a pile of malware that is present on the old
    drive...
     
    Howie, Feb 23, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    If you call the Microsoft number and run their gauntlet an English
    proficient speaker at the Microsoft call center in India will finally give
    you a new, valid activation key.
    If you are a hobbyist that frequently upgrades key components, particularly
    motherboards, you become very familiar with this form of Microsoft torture
    intended to intimidate you into buying a useless new copy of Windows. This
    new copy will be obsolete in the box and require more than 200mbs of
    downloads and several restarts of your computer, presuming all goes well and
    your computer does not go brain dead because of one of the errant updates.
     
    bmoag, Feb 24, 2005
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