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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dorothy, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. Dorothy

    Dorothy Flightless Bird

    We have a machine that experienced a sever hard disk crash, which we
    replaced.

    Our CD is damaged, so we have rebuilt it using a friends CD.

    Got everything installed (drivers, applications etc) and the system is now
    ready for activation.

    We used our key to try to active it. It doesn't work. We don't want to use
    his key as that would limit his re-activation.

    Besides we are of the type that don't believe in piracy, hacking or other
    related garbage. We are intent on using a valid activation key.

    We only have two days left before it becomes inaccessible - which would be
    another rebuild, but that's the way it is.

    We have verified the key (that is on the box with our cd) and it is correct.

    The same key is also on our invoice, so we know it is correct.

    We have gone to several vendors for assistance, but of course they
    suggest4ed that we move up to Vista or Windows 7 as this is our only option!

    We can't afford to upgrade to a new system that supports Windows 7 (or
    Vista), so we have to keep this for awhile. And actually, we like the way
    our system was before the hard disk crash.

    Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >


    There's your clue. You HAVE to use a version of XP that is EXACTLY the same
    as the one your key is for.
     
  3. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Simply call Microsoft.
    "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > We have a machine that experienced a sever hard disk crash, which we
    > replaced.
    >
    > Our CD is damaged, so we have rebuilt it using a friends CD.
    >
    > Got everything installed (drivers, applications etc) and the system is now
    > ready for activation.
    >
    > We used our key to try to active it. It doesn't work. We don't want to use
    > his key as that would limit his re-activation.
    >
    > Besides we are of the type that don't believe in piracy, hacking or other
    > related garbage. We are intent on using a valid activation key.
    >
    > We only have two days left before it becomes inaccessible - which would be
    > another rebuild, but that's the way it is.
    >
    > We have verified the key (that is on the box with our cd) and it is
    > correct.
    >
    > The same key is also on our invoice, so we know it is correct.
    >
    > We have gone to several vendors for assistance, but of course they
    > suggest4ed that we move up to Vista or Windows 7 as this is our only
    > option!
    >
    > We can't afford to upgrade to a new system that supports Windows 7 (or
    > Vista), so we have to keep this for awhile. And actually, we like the way
    > our system was before the hard disk crash.
    >
    > Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
     
  4. Dorothy

    Dorothy Flightless Bird

    They are the same version Windows XP 2002 with SP1.

    We checked that first.

    "Gordon" <gordonbparker@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:eOBz%23EUwKHA.812@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >>

    >
    > There's your clue. You HAVE to use a version of XP that is EXACTLY the
    > same as the one your key is for.
     
  5. Dorothy

    Dorothy Flightless Bird

    Will do, thanks.
    "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    news:-OJLO1GUwKHA.4492@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Simply call Microsoft.
    > "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> We have a machine that experienced a sever hard disk crash, which we
    >> replaced.
    >>
    >> Our CD is damaged, so we have rebuilt it using a friends CD.
    >>
    >> Got everything installed (drivers, applications etc) and the system is
    >> now ready for activation.
    >>
    >> We used our key to try to active it. It doesn't work. We don't want to
    >> use his key as that would limit his re-activation.
    >>
    >> Besides we are of the type that don't believe in piracy, hacking or other
    >> related garbage. We are intent on using a valid activation key.
    >>
    >> We only have two days left before it becomes inaccessible - which would
    >> be another rebuild, but that's the way it is.
    >>
    >> We have verified the key (that is on the box with our cd) and it is
    >> correct.
    >>
    >> The same key is also on our invoice, so we know it is correct.
    >>
    >> We have gone to several vendors for assistance, but of course they
    >> suggest4ed that we move up to Vista or Windows 7 as this is our only
    >> option!
    >>
    >> We can't afford to upgrade to a new system that supports Windows 7 (or
    >> Vista), so we have to keep this for awhile. And actually, we like the way
    >> our system was before the hard disk crash.
    >>
    >> Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>

    >
    >
     
  6. C

    C Flightless Bird

    Dorothy wrote:
    > They are the same version Windows XP 2002 with SP1.
    >
    > We checked that first.


    He meant OEM vs. Retail vs. OEM branded and Home vs. Pro.
    >
    > "Gordon" <gordonbparker@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:eOBz%23EUwKHA.812@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    >> news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >>>

    >> There's your clue. You HAVE to use a version of XP that is EXACTLY the
    >> same as the one your key is for.

    >
    >



    --
    C
     
  7. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    if you had home installed before, you had to have installed home and used the
    home key, a wipe and install of pro trying to use the home install key, will
    not work.


    "Dorothy" wrote:

    > Will do, thanks.
    > "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    > news:-OJLO1GUwKHA.4492@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > Simply call Microsoft.
    > > "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    > > news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > >> We have a machine that experienced a sever hard disk crash, which we
    > >> replaced.
    > >>
    > >> Our CD is damaged, so we have rebuilt it using a friends CD.
    > >>
    > >> Got everything installed (drivers, applications etc) and the system is
    > >> now ready for activation.
    > >>
    > >> We used our key to try to active it. It doesn't work. We don't want to
    > >> use his key as that would limit his re-activation.
    > >>
    > >> Besides we are of the type that don't believe in piracy, hacking or other
    > >> related garbage. We are intent on using a valid activation key.
    > >>
    > >> We only have two days left before it becomes inaccessible - which would
    > >> be another rebuild, but that's the way it is.
    > >>
    > >> We have verified the key (that is on the box with our cd) and it is
    > >> correct.
    > >>
    > >> The same key is also on our invoice, so we know it is correct.
    > >>
    > >> We have gone to several vendors for assistance, but of course they
    > >> suggest4ed that we move up to Vista or Windows 7 as this is our only
    > >> option!
    > >>
    > >> We can't afford to upgrade to a new system that supports Windows 7 (or
    > >> Vista), so we have to keep this for awhile. And actually, we like the way
    > >> our system was before the hard disk crash.
    > >>
    > >> Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    > >>
    > >> Thanks.
    > >>

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  8. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    You haven't said what computer brand you have. If you have DELL or HP
    then I can email you the Professional version of Windows XP with SP3
    already integrated. This will allow you to install it on your system
    using your own CD key which should be at the base of your desktop or
    laptop.

    Our resident pirate by the name of Ken Blake, MVP has confirmed that
    sending you Os by email is legal. He has also confirmed that borrowing
    a CD from a friend is also legal.

    Incidentally you say: "We don't want to use his key as that would limit
    his re-activation." this is not true. It doesn't limit anybody's
    re-activation because M$ has a policy to wipe clean its databases once
    every 120 days. Therefore, there is no record of how many times one
    particular key has been used within the past 120 days.

    So the choice is quite simple for you.

    hth


    Dorothy wrote:
    >
    > We have a machine that experienced a sever hard disk crash, which we
    > replaced.
    >
    > Our CD is damaged, so we have rebuilt it using a friends CD.
    >
    > Got everything installed (drivers, applications etc) and the system is now
    > ready for activation.
    >
    > We used our key to try to active it. It doesn't work. We don't want to use
    > his key as that would limit his re-activation.
    >
    > Besides we are of the type that don't believe in piracy, hacking or other
    > related garbage. We are intent on using a valid activation key.
    >
    > We only have two days left before it becomes inaccessible - which would be
    > another rebuild, but that's the way it is.
    >
    > We have verified the key (that is on the box with our cd) and it is correct.
    >
    > The same key is also on our invoice, so we know it is correct.
    >
    > We have gone to several vendors for assistance, but of course they
    > suggest4ed that we move up to Vista or Windows 7 as this is our only option!
    >
    > We can't afford to upgrade to a new system that supports Windows 7 (or
    > Vista), so we have to keep this for awhile. And actually, we like the way
    > our system was before the hard disk crash.
    >
    > Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >
    > Thanks.
     
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4B997947.C4BBB1C3@discussions.microsoft.com...
    >
    > Our resident pirate by the name of Ken Blake, MVP has confirmed that
    > sending you Os by email is legal.


    Are you SERIOUS about sending 650 MB by email?


    >He has also confirmed that borrowing
    > a CD from a friend is also legal.


    Did you mean to type "illegal"?
    Don't think he has and it's not. It's the KEY you pay for, not the media.
     
  10. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    That's not what Gordon meant.

    First of all, this phrase:

    > it's a Generic copy, not OEM


    .... is unclear. What do you mean by that?

    What is the make and model of your PC? Which method did the PC
    manufacturer provide to reinstall the OS? Often, there is a hidden
    recovery partition on the hard drive.

    Your Product Key is on your Certificate of Authenticity sticker, which
    is your license to run XP. Which version of XP do you have a license
    for -- Home or Pro? Is it Retail or OEM? The phrase "Generic copy, not
    OEM" is confusing, esepecially since it's possible to have a generic OEM
    version of XP!

    Your license *must* match the CD type for the key to work. For instance,
    if you have a license for the Retail version of XP Home, you must use a
    Retail XP Home installation CD. Serive Packs are irrelevant if you are
    performing a Clean Install. The year 2002 is also immaterial.


    Dorothy wrote:
    > They are the same version Windows XP 2002 with SP1.
    >
    > We checked that first.
    >
    > "Gordon" <gordonbparker@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:eOBz%23EUwKHA.812@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Dorothy" <dorothy@msn.com> wrote in message
    >> news:uD4t8AUwKHA.1796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>
    >>> Why won't our key work with his CD (it's a Generic copy, not OEM).
    >>>

    >>
    >> There's your clue. You HAVE to use a version of XP that is EXACTLY
    >> the same as the one your key is for.
     
  11. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    Gordon wrote:
    >
    > "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:4B997947.C4BBB1C3@discussions.microsoft.com...
    > >
    > > Our resident pirate by the name of Ken Blake, MVP has confirmed that
    > > sending you Os by email is legal.

    >
    > Are you SERIOUS about sending 650 MB by email?
    >


    Sure. I have winzip that can create fragments of big file. I have done
    it for years and I supply on piratebay, rapidfiles and others.



    > >He has also confirmed that borrowing
    > > a CD from a friend is also legal.

    >
    > Did you mean to type "illegal"?
    > Don't think he has and it's not. It's the KEY you pay for, not the media.


    Precisely. Distributing the software isn't illegal (yes I did mean to
    say LEGAL as per KEN) as per MVP Ken and I am prepared to do just that
    unless there is a demand for serial numbers then that too can be
    arranged!

    How's your mummy these days? Is she still in the old profession known
    to mankind?
     
  12. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    LD55ZRA <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    news:4B997947.C4BBB1C3@discussions.microsoft.com:

    >
    > Incidentally you say: "We don't want to use his key as that would
    > limit his re-activation." this is not true. It doesn't limit
    > anybody's re-activation because M$ has a policy to wipe clean its
    > databases once every 120 days. Therefore, there is no record of how
    > many times one particular key has been used within the past 120 days.
    >


    What if the owner of the key needs to reinstall within 120 days? ... and/or
    WGA kicks in on both computers at the same time?

    The OP is right, she has a key and wants to use it, the problem seems that
    the CD used to reinstall didn't match the type of key she has (OEM, Retail,
    Home, Pro).
     
  13. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    news:XnF9D3B9DCE9B99Edoumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...

    > What if the owner of the key needs to reinstall within 120 days? ...
    > and/or
    > WGA kicks in on both computers at the same time?


    There is always a telephone method to activate your Windows. Have you not
    done this? This has been around for the past 10 years since Windows XP was
    first release in 2001. You also need to consider the probability of this
    happening.

    hth
     
  14. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    news:hnjfto$707$1@speranza.aioe.org:

    >
    > "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    > news:XnF9D3B9DCE9B99Edoumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...
    >
    >> What if the owner of the key needs to reinstall within 120 days? ...
    >> and/or
    >> WGA kicks in on both computers at the same time?

    >
    > There is always a telephone method to activate your Windows. Have you
    > not done this? This has been around for the past 10 years since
    > Windows XP was first release in 2001. You also need to consider the
    > probability of this happening.
    >
    > hth
    >
    >
    >


    But the real question here is why the OP should use someone else's key when
    she's already have one and she only needs the type of media that matches
    her key (Home OEM or Retail, or Pro OEM or Retail)?
     
  15. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Go back and read the original post.
    "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    news:XnF9D3C472953402doumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...
    > "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    > news:hnjfto$707$1@speranza.aioe.org:
    >
    >>
    >> "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    >> news:XnF9D3B9DCE9B99Edoumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...
    >>
    >>> What if the owner of the key needs to reinstall within 120 days? ...
    >>> and/or
    >>> WGA kicks in on both computers at the same time?

    >>
    >> There is always a telephone method to activate your Windows. Have you
    >> not done this? This has been around for the past 10 years since
    >> Windows XP was first release in 2001. You also need to consider the
    >> probability of this happening.
    >>
    >> hth
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > But the real question here is why the OP should use someone else's key
    > when
    > she's already have one and she only needs the type of media that matches
    > her key (Home OEM or Retail, or Pro OEM or Retail)?
     
  16. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> écrivait news:eI7dSeFxKHA.4752
    @TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl:

    > Go back and read the original post.
    > "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    > news:XnF9D3C472953402doumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...
    >> "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    >> news:hnjfto$707$1@speranza.aioe.org:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Doum" <me@domain.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:XnF9D3B9DCE9B99Edoumdomainnet@207.46.248.16...
    >>>
    >>>> What if the owner of the key needs to reinstall within 120 days? ...
    >>>> and/or
    >>>> WGA kicks in on both computers at the same time?
    >>>
    >>> There is always a telephone method to activate your Windows. Have you
    >>> not done this? This has been around for the past 10 years since
    >>> Windows XP was first release in 2001. You also need to consider the
    >>> probability of this happening.
    >>>
    >>> hth
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> But the real question here is why the OP should use someone else's key
    >> when
    >> she's already have one and she only needs the type of media that matches
    >> her key (Home OEM or Retail, or Pro OEM or Retail)?

    >
    >


    So?
     

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