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invalid product key help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by goldtech, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. goldtech

    goldtech Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    thought it should work.

    Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?

    Thanks,

    Lee G.
     
  2. WaIIy

    WaIIy Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:33:27 -0700 (PDT), goldtech
    <goldtech@worldpost.com> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    >product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    >And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    >one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    >thought it should work.
    >
    >Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >Lee G.


    If you use a Dell disk on a Dell computer, it registers itself.

    There is nothing you need to do.
     
  3. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    > product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    > And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    > one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    > thought it should work.
    >
    > Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Lee G.


    You have to use the product key which came with your (retail ?) XP CD.
    The product key from your laptop is an OEM key which doesn't work with a
    retail version of XP.

    Bernd
     
  4. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:33:27 -0700 (PDT), goldtech
    <goldtech@worldpost.com> wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    > product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    > And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    > one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    > thought it should work.
    >
    > Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?




    The key on the Dell sticker is an OEM key. Presumably your CD is a
    retail CD. OEM keys will not work with retail CDs.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  5. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    goldtech wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    > product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    > And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    > one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    > thought it should work.
    >
    > Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?


    What you describe *should* work if you use a *generic* OEM XP Home
    installation CD. If the disk is retail or a branded OEM (other than
    Dell), it won't work.

    Since Dell-branded OEM XP Home CDs are ubiquitous, perhaps you can
    borrow one from a friend, colleague, or realtive. (If you do, you may
    make a copy.) The nice thing about the Dell CDs is they incorporate a
    feature called SLP (System-Locked Preinstallation), where you don't even
    need to enter a product key.
     
  6. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    goldtech wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to install XP Home on a Dell Inspiron laptop. I use the
    > product key from the xp home sticker on the underside of the laptop.
    > And, I get invalid key every time I try. The XP home CD is not the one
    > one that came with the laptop but it's a valid key sticker and i
    > thought it should work.
    >
    > Why isn't the XP home key working with an XP home disk?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Lee G.



    Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of CD/license
    (OEM, Volume, retail, or full) with which they are purchased. For
    example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any retail version
    of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice versa. An OEM
    Product Key will not work to install a retail product. An Italian
    Product Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom line: Product Keys
    and CD/license types cannot usually (it's been reported that the Product
    Key for a full license will work with an Upgrade CD) be mixed & matched.

    You'll need to use either the installation CD that came with the
    laptop, or an unbranded, generic OEM installation CD.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

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