Activate Windows XP after Mac Boot Camp RRS feed

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  • I have installed my most recent Windows XP Home Edition SP2 onto my Apple Mac (Apple allows you to run more than one operating system).  I used my original installation CD with the actual license key but I still cannot activate my copy.   There are still things that I need Windows for.... all of my family uses Windows and I help them with computer stuff, and also I use Windows at work and will need to work from home.  Any advice as to why I can't activate my copy with the orig. cd and license? 

    Thanks!!   Kim S.
    • Edited by Stephen Holm Monday, August 4, 2008 7:05 PM Removed personel email address
    Sunday, August 3, 2008 8:05 AM


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  • Kim S,

    1.  What kind of XP license do you have, is it full retail, ugrade retail, systembuilder/OEM or major manufacturer/OEM?

    Retail would have been purchased in a nice fancy off-the-shelf box.  Full retail would have had "For PCs without Windows or with Windows 95" printed on the box.

    The kind of OEM license can be determined from the second line printed on the Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the old computer.  If it has the manufacturer's name on the CoA, it is major manufacturer; if it has "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" printed on it, it is systembuilder/OEM.

    2.  Is this copy of Windows still installed on its original computer?

    3.  What error messages or codes, if any, are you seeing?

    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, August 4, 2008 3:53 PM
  •  Hello Kim,

    The purpose of this forum is the support of Windows Genuine Advantage. Your issue appears to be Product Activation related and as such, is off topic and outside my area of knowledge. You may have better results by posting your question in the XP forum http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/newsgroups/reader.mspx

    Take care,

    Stephen Holm  MS

    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, August 4, 2008 7:07 PM
    Monday, August 4, 2008 7:07 PM