Activating WindowsXp using OEM XP and activation key on the box RRS feed

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  • How do I activating WindowsXp using OEM disc and activation key on the box which have different keys?
    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP, Editor Monday, November 9, 2009 12:18 PM Moved to relevant category (From:Feedback and Comments)
    Monday, November 9, 2009 3:46 AM


  • Hello WillinVirginia,

    If by "on the box" you mean a pretty retail box in which a full retail copy of Windows XP was purchased, and inside there was a shiny heavy paperboard folder and on the folder is a yellow-orange Product Key sticker with the product key in question, then then answer to your question is, "You can't."

    Installations of XP done with an OEM CD cannot be installed or activated with a product key from a retail box copy of XP. You have to match the type of CD you use to its accompanying type of product key.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:23 PM
    Monday, November 9, 2009 2:11 PM