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  • Question

  • Following a complete system failure (while updating to XP SP3), my girlfriend decided to reformat her pc and reinstall XP from cd.

    When she reaches the point of typing the Product Key in, she gets the message "the product id is not valid"

    I have carried out a few searches on this forum and not found one that completely matches the problem - most responses point towards going to a validation site and running a diagnostic which she obviously cant do since she cannot get the pc past the point of entering the key.

    Could anyone suggest her next step/s (in simple laymans terms if poss please) ??

    Thanks for your time.
    Murfy
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:42 PM

Answers

  • Hello ellie_k3,

    "so thought that any disk would do as long as the id key code was correct" >>>>>Nope.

    Product keys are specific to the Windows version (XP, Vista, etc), and the Windows edition (Home, Pro, Media Center, etc), and the sales channel (retail, OEM, Volume), and within the retail channel, whether full or upgrade.


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, July 24, 2009 5:28 AM

All replies

  • Did the product key come with the Windows XP installation CD that you are using?
    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:14 PM
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  • Hi, i am not sure if its the one that came with my computer or it could be the one that came with my lappie <which i am on at the moment> but cant find the other disk....so thought that any disk would do as long as the id key code was correct...Hope that helps

    Thanks Eleanor
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:30 PM
  • Hello ellie_k3,

    "so thought that any disk would do as long as the id key code was correct" >>>>>Nope.

    Product keys are specific to the Windows version (XP, Vista, etc), and the Windows edition (Home, Pro, Media Center, etc), and the sales channel (retail, OEM, Volume), and within the retail channel, whether full or upgrade.


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, July 24, 2009 5:28 AM
  • I am having the same problem and I'm using the original install CD that came with the product key I'm trying.  Any other advice?

    Saturday, July 25, 2009 12:19 AM
  • Hello rfree15,

    The letter "B" and the numeral "8" are VERY VERY easily mixed up in the font used on the Product Keys.

    Ask me how I know!!! LOL  ;-)
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Saturday, July 25, 2009 12:50 PM
  • Hello ellie_k3,

    "so thought that any disk would do as long as the id key code was correct" >>>>>Nope.

    Product keys are specific to the Windows version (XP, Vista, etc), and the Windows edition (Home, Pro, Media Center, etc), and the sales channel (retail, OEM, Volume), and within the retail channel, whether full or upgrade.


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp

    Clearly, I can understand version and edition differences, but the distinction made for sales and retail channel is a MICROSOFT-specific concoction that confuses, annoys, and inconveniences all but the largest computer nerds.  I know hundreds of windows users, all very smart people, and likely only one or two know the difference between OEM and Volume.  

    My computer came with "Windows XP Pro" -- that's all it said.  The boxes in the store say "Windows XP Pro".  The disc people use to install the OS say "Windows XP Pro."  

    It's apples to apples.  Er.  I guess now an apple from the produce aisle is different than the same apple from a fruit salad.  
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:59 AM
  • Hello placid8,

    Accoridng to this website, there are hundreds of varieties of apples:  http://www.allaboutapples.com/varieties/index.htm
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8:03 PM
  • Hello placid8,

    Accoridng to this website, there are hundreds of varieties of apples:  http://www.allaboutapples.com/varieties/index.htm
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp

    I'm surprised they didn't list the ubiquitous 'Microsoft' apple which morphs into a counterfeit message after you buy it.  
    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:56 PM