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    My machine is an EMACHINES 570,the "Tech Guys" fitted a new Motherboard and the main Drive. They left me with three Recovery Discs which I used to re-install XP Home,now windows is asking me for my Product Key but wont accept the original, I have three days to activate but how?
    Saturday, March 15, 2008 3:25 PM

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    If Windows XP was preinstalled by eMachine and you
    do not replace the defective motherboard with the exact
    eMachine replacement, your eMachine OEM version of Windows
    XP is not going to activate since it is looking for the eMachine BIOS.
    All you can do is to purchase a conventional "Full Version" of
    Windows XP and proceed with a "Repair Install".


     

    A preinstalled OEM version of Windows XP cannot be used
    with a different type of motherboard.  The license is tied to
    a specific motherboard model and BIOS and cannot be transferred.


     

    Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html


    How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.­com/XPrepairinstall.htm  



     

    Sunday, March 16, 2008 8:46 PM
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