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  • I'm doing a fresh install of XP Pro on a new hard drive in a work computer. I'm using an XP Pro CD a friend let me borrow, but I'm trying to use the Key thats on the sticker on the computer case, but its saying its not valid. How can I fix this?

    would it matter that  the Key may be SP1 or earlier and the CD I'm using is SP2?

    • Edited by Will Lyon Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:26 PM spelling, added info
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7:39 PM

Answers

  • Hello Will

    Thank you for visiting us today.  The problem you’re experiencing is mismatched product keys for the Windows XP version you are trying to activate. There are different versions of Windows XP:

    ·        Home

    ·        Media Center

    ·        Professional

    The product key located on the Certificate of Authenticity "COA" sticker is version specific. You need the actual product key that came with the Windows XP version you are attempting to activate.  Next there are different COAs for each Windows XP. 

    1.      OEM-SLP: Computers built by large commercial manufacturers that come with Vista Pre-installed come with two (2) Product Keys; SLP and COA Key.  SLP stands for System Locked Pre-install. OEM manufacturer’s add an OEM identifier string to the system BIOS during manufacturing. Windows verifies this identifier during the boot process. In this way the end user will not be required to activate Windows. The OEM SLP Key is geared to work with the special instructions found on that Manufacturer’s computer hardware.  The Product Key is available on the COA sticker and not installed in the computer. For example all DELL OEM SLP Windows Vista systems use a single product key but the COA sticker on the machine contains the unique COA. The key located on the COA sticker should only be used in limited situations and requires telephone activation. Example should you require to reformate the computer the key from the COA sticker would be used. 

     

    2.      OEM (System builder/COA): OEM license for XP comes with certain restrictions that make it less flexible, and therefore less expensive, than the retail license for Vista.  A major limitation is that the license is "married" to the computer onto which it is first installed, and the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) states it is not permitted to be moved to any another computer.  One does not "lose their license" for XP if the motherboard becomes defective and has to be replaced.  If the computer owner chooses to use, or because of availability is forced to use, a board that is not a direct or identical replacement, there has to be a mechanism to accommodate these circumstances, and that is why a telephonic activation is authorized. To read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

     

    Systems must be activated within 30 days of installation. After a 30 day grace period, the user will be not able to login to system without activation.

    3.      Single Retail User License:  Retail licenses may be moved from one computer to another, as long as the license is activated on one computer at a time and as long as the previous installation of the license is removed from the previously licensed computer. Each Windows Vista installation has a unique product key associated with it.  System must be activated within 30 days of installation. After a 30 day grace period, the user will not be able to login to system without activation.

     

    4.      Volume License Key (VLK): The Volume license is type of license, where each VLK customer will be given a single product key and they can use this key to install Windows Vista on multiple computers. No Activation is required. Hardware requirements are not verified. 

    Should you need further clarification please reference http://www.howtotell.com .


    Thank you,

    Stephen

     

    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:56 PM
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:55 PM

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  • Hello Will

    Thank you for visiting us today.  The problem you’re experiencing is mismatched product keys for the Windows XP version you are trying to activate. There are different versions of Windows XP:

    ·        Home

    ·        Media Center

    ·        Professional

    The product key located on the Certificate of Authenticity "COA" sticker is version specific. You need the actual product key that came with the Windows XP version you are attempting to activate.  Next there are different COAs for each Windows XP. 

    1.      OEM-SLP: Computers built by large commercial manufacturers that come with Vista Pre-installed come with two (2) Product Keys; SLP and COA Key.  SLP stands for System Locked Pre-install. OEM manufacturer’s add an OEM identifier string to the system BIOS during manufacturing. Windows verifies this identifier during the boot process. In this way the end user will not be required to activate Windows. The OEM SLP Key is geared to work with the special instructions found on that Manufacturer’s computer hardware.  The Product Key is available on the COA sticker and not installed in the computer. For example all DELL OEM SLP Windows Vista systems use a single product key but the COA sticker on the machine contains the unique COA. The key located on the COA sticker should only be used in limited situations and requires telephone activation. Example should you require to reformate the computer the key from the COA sticker would be used. 

     

    2.      OEM (System builder/COA): OEM license for XP comes with certain restrictions that make it less flexible, and therefore less expensive, than the retail license for Vista.  A major limitation is that the license is "married" to the computer onto which it is first installed, and the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) states it is not permitted to be moved to any another computer.  One does not "lose their license" for XP if the motherboard becomes defective and has to be replaced.  If the computer owner chooses to use, or because of availability is forced to use, a board that is not a direct or identical replacement, there has to be a mechanism to accommodate these circumstances, and that is why a telephonic activation is authorized. To read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

     

    Systems must be activated within 30 days of installation. After a 30 day grace period, the user will be not able to login to system without activation.

    3.      Single Retail User License:  Retail licenses may be moved from one computer to another, as long as the license is activated on one computer at a time and as long as the previous installation of the license is removed from the previously licensed computer. Each Windows Vista installation has a unique product key associated with it.  System must be activated within 30 days of installation. After a 30 day grace period, the user will not be able to login to system without activation.

     

    4.      Volume License Key (VLK): The Volume license is type of license, where each VLK customer will be given a single product key and they can use this key to install Windows Vista on multiple computers. No Activation is required. Hardware requirements are not verified. 

    Should you need further clarification please reference http://www.howtotell.com .


    Thank you,

    Stephen

     

    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:56 PM
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:55 PM
  • The copy of Windows XP you borrowed from your friend could be a Retail copy (to be used with a Retail Licence), while the sticker on your computer is an OEM licence.
    (or you could have a retail licence and your friend gave you an OEM CD)

    If you have a custom built PC you most likely have a Retail Licence.

    If you have a brand name (DELL etc) you will probably have an OEM Licence.

    the service packs wont matter.

    you can find another XP cd or look into a replacement from MS.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:01 PM