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MCE 05 Product Key mismatch RRS feed

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  • Hi all, I have MCE 05 installed on a Gateway GT4026E which is a licensed MCE machine, but the product key according to the WGA tool is incorrect.  I attempted to use the Product Key changer, but it apparently does not like MCE 05. Is there any recourse but a reload, seeing as how the OEM recovery disc no longer works since the recovery partition(hal.sys is located there...) is deleted?
    Thursday, November 2, 2006 7:00 AM

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  • Patrick,

    are you having any wga notifications??? can you post your diagnostics here, please?

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 3:53 PM

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  • Patrick,

    are you having any wga notifications??? can you post your diagnostics here, please?

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 3:53 PM
  • Patrick BBFB,

    Product Key mismatches in and of themselves are inconsequential, assuming you are not seeing any problems relating to Windows Genuine Advantage.

    When major manufacturers such as Gateway install Windows on their computers, they do so using methods that apply the Operating System and installed programs to the hard disk drive on a bit-by-bit level (this process is called disk imaging).

    Think of it this way---you have a typed letter and you want to have 10 more copies of it.  You can type each of the 10 extra copies one by one, or you can photocopy the original.  Disk imaging is sort of the same as photocopying, while installing is sort of the same as typing each new copy by hand.  You can see why a big company like Gateway would need a fast, quick way to put XP on thousands of computers a day.

    MS allows the manfacturer to use one Product Key for each different edition of XP, so it could be that every Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 computer from Gateway ships from their factory with the same installed product key, while each of the Certificate of Authenticity stickers on each individual computer has a different product key.

    Also, the Product Key Updater utility was not designed to work on Media Center, just on Home and Pro.

    Hope that explanation helps.

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 6:45 PM