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  • How can someone use my product key & activate his/her PC with windows XP.
    In that case what is the use of Microsoft taking digital ID's of my Processor, Motherboard , Ram, etc.



    Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:36 AM

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    I had to reinstall Windows XP Pro in to my laptop due to some errors in “My Network Places”. Funny thing is it asked me to activate again once the reinstallation is complete & when I went to activate it gave a massage saying that my product key is invalid. This came with a link to Microsoft product activation site ware it told me to buy a new copy of Windows XP????? But why I got a COA for Windows XP Pro with my HP Laptop.

     

    It’s not an OEM copy & how can I prove it to you what info can I sent it for you to cross check.  Yes My Laptop manufacturer's name is there in black lettering on it.

     

    Please don’t take me round and round, I have contacted Microsoft Oman for this & they gave me a KEY over the phone to activate. My question is still what’s the use of collecting all that digital ID’s if Mr X can use it to activate his PC and why do I have to call Microsoft to get my Licensed copy Activated.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 6:38 AM

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  • Nilushan Wijesekera,

     

    What makes you think someone has stolen your Product Key and activated their PC with it?

     

    Please follow these steps for assistance:

    Step 1 is to run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response in this thread.

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer or with your retail purchase of  Windows to see if you have a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).  If you have one, tell us about the COA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center, or another version of Windows?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for?  See this page for reference:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx


     

    Saturday, May 12, 2007 4:46 PM
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    I had to reinstall Windows XP Pro in to my laptop due to some errors in “My Network Places”. Funny thing is it asked me to activate again once the reinstallation is complete & when I went to activate it gave a massage saying that my product key is invalid. This came with a link to Microsoft product activation site ware it told me to buy a new copy of Windows XP????? But why I got a COA for Windows XP Pro with my HP Laptop.

     

    It’s not an OEM copy & how can I prove it to you what info can I sent it for you to cross check.  Yes My Laptop manufacturer's name is there in black lettering on it.

     

    Please don’t take me round and round, I have contacted Microsoft Oman for this & they gave me a KEY over the phone to activate. My question is still what’s the use of collecting all that digital ID’s if Mr X can use it to activate his PC and why do I have to call Microsoft to get my Licensed copy Activated.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 6:38 AM