Proper procedure for building a new WinXP PC to replace a crashed one RRS feed

  • Question

  • Recently my old PC with XP Pro died.

    My old PC had come from eBay, so I had no idea where the license key and COA had come from, but I did have the COA.

    I built a new PC and used an old XP Pro installation CD and the key from the COA.

    Maybe that was a mistake. After reading about the issues here and elsewhere, I suspect so.

    My installation worked and began to update. As soon as the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool ran, it identified my key as not valid.

    Of course, the hardware configuration was radically different, but I ran the diagnostic tool anyway. The way I read this, it looks like my old PC had a volume license, not an OEM or retail license.

    By the way, I do not want to upgrade to Vista or Windows 7.

    Okay, so here are my questions:

    1. Am I correct that I will have to buy another legitimate license key for XP Pro?
    2. If so, how can I get one? Do I have to buy an unused retail version, or is there another legitimate way?
    3. Am I correct that the current key is a volume license key (see diagnostics below)?
    4. If so, I read somewhere that although you can re-activate an existing installation with a new key, it only works when the key is of the same type as the old one. So, when I get a legitimate license key that will not be a volume key, will I have to reinstall XP, or will I be able to use the new key on the drive I just spent several hours setting up?

    Thanks very much!

    P.S.--I also tried installing Office 2003 using my old key. I think there is something about that in the diagnostics, so if you know anything about that issue, it's going to be the next one I run into. Any help would be appreciated.

    Here is the diagnostic output:

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid Product Key
    Validation Code: 8
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WPB2T-XRCPF-G4MBB
    Windows Product Key Hash: sQQvp4uggSK+Fx0nl3pQIYP4Diw=
    Windows Product ID: 55274-640-9692162-23115
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro
    ID: {06087B25-C352-4334-A4A2-691CC80F2F2B}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered,
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: N/A
    Architecture: N/A
    Build lab: N/A
    TTS Error: N/A
    Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1
    Resolution Status: N/A

    Vista WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A
    Version: N/A

    Windows XP Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 101 Not Activated
    Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 - 101 Not Activated
    OGA Version: Registered,
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-230-1_3E121E02-154-80070002_E5ECEA81-80-80070002_B4D0AA8B-967-80070002

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{06087B25-C352-4334-A4A2-691CC80F2F2B}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-G4MBB</PKey><PID>55274-640-9692162-23115</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1614895754-117609710-682003330</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>MSI</Manufacturer><Model>MS-7309</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>V10.4</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="6"/><Date>20101123000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>1E8D3BB701848074</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData>      <Software><Office><Result>101</Result><Products><Product GUID="{90110409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0150048383C9}"><LegitResult>101</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003</Name><Ver>11</Ver><Val>BA0FFF447452D9A</Val><Hash>F6wtSz2YyvK2dWfZzt3Lqbc54yo=</Hash><Pid>73931-717-1217971-57039</Pid><PidType>1</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="16" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="18" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="19" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="1A" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="1B" Version="11" Result="101"/><App Id="44" Version="11" Result="101"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Licensing Data-->

    Windows Activation Technologies-->

    HWID Data-->

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    BIOS string matches: no
    Marker string from BIOS: N/A
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->

    Sunday, September 4, 2011 4:32 AM


  • Try using the Windows XP Product Key Update Tool with the COA product key.  Since Windows XP is no longer sold, your most viable option is likely to recycle that old PC and purchase a new PC that comes with genuine Windows 7 preinstalled.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, September 7, 2011 7:28 PM
    Sunday, September 4, 2011 4:52 PM