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Can I use my Product Key from my 'original' Windows O/S to validate a 2nd 'copied' Windows O/S of the same version installed on my laptop? RRS feed

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  • Please help me...

    I bought my laptop & VALID Windows XP Pro software that came with it about 5/6 years ago (incl. my installation CDs - now lost!).  I have my legit CoA Product Key under my laptop.

    However, some months back my Wireless Internet Software & Card would not work on my 'original' Windows XP OS (despite numerous tests, scans, etc).

    The wireless internet company then installed a 2ND O/S (on the same laptop as my 'proper' O/S), but is a 'copied' version of Windows XP Pro (Version 2002) SP2, which i suspect, or rather know, is a 'pirated' or 'non-legit' copy.
    This copy has basically NOTHING in it like Office, etc, only the very very basics in order for me to use the internet.

    I have been using that 2nd Windows XP Pro O/S (the 'copied version) solely for internet, yet all my personal files, other software, etc, is installed on my original 1st O/S (very frustrating!)

    It stands to reason, that since I have been using this 2nd O/S for internet, I have become susceptible to many viruses, pc not running well, etc..

    I have tried downloading anti-virus software from your Windows sites, but needless to say, every time I try download something related or connected or affiliated to 'Windows' I CANNOT as my 'validation' fails since I am not using a 'proper copy'...!

    I contacted an IT friend I knew, & he said that I would be able to use my 'original/legit' CoA Product Key from my validated genuine copy of my Windows (the 1st O/S i had bought with the laptop).

    I cannot find ANYWAY on any of your sites where I can use this Product Key (from my genuine version) for the 'copied' version on my laptop?  Was I misled??

    I am really desperate to get my pc protected with anti-virus & have the Windows Automatic Updates, etc, but am failing miserably....

    My Dell laptop is solely my own, used for home only.

    I would be very grateful for any assistance please as my laptop NEEDS protection & is running very poorly!

    Thanks

    C

    I have done a Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    ----------------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Blocked VLK
    Validation Code: 3
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-***** -12345-12345-12345 (Although the first 10 digits came out as you see them in '*'s on the report, I have change the last 15 digits for security purposes)
    Windows Product Key Hash: 5CG2aCaHENU8LMWFFoQ/184emQ0=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-649-6478953-23557
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010000.2.0.pro
    ID: {56A65749-CB23-4160-8FB0-5FB74DFFBC83}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: N/A
    Architecture: N/A
    Build lab: N/A
    TTS Error: N/A
    Validation Diagnostic: FCEE394C-429-80040154_025D1FF3-344-80040154_025D1FF3-229-80040154_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2
    Resolution Status: N/A

    Vista WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A
    Version: N/A

    Windows XP Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: FCEE394C-429-80040154_025D1FF3-344-80040154_025D1FF3-229-80040154_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\WINDOWZ\system32\syssetup.dll[5.1.2600.2180], Hr = 0x800b0100

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{56A65749-CB23-4160-8FB0-5FB74DFFBC83}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010000.2.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-7X9GW</PKey><PID>76487-649-6478953-23557</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1801674531-1645522239-839522115</SID><SYSTEM/><BIOS/><HWID>06F33A07018400D2</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>South Africa Standard Time(GMT+02:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData>      <Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Licensing Data-->
    N/A

    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    N/A

    HWID Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    BIOS string matches: yes
    Marker string from BIOS: 1841F:Dell Inc|1841F:Microsoft Corporation
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    N/A

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:47 PM

Answers

  • Hello Charlene Geddes,

    When there are two installations of Windows on the same computer, and when you start up the computer you are prompted to choose which of the two you want to run, that is called "dual booting."

    To specifically answer your question, can you use the product key on the Certificate of Authenticity affixed to your Dell to genuine-ize the second (and nongenuine) installation of XP on your computer, the answer is, "No."  The End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) permits only one instance of the license to be installed and activated at any given time.  Dual-booting would mean that there are two instances of the license installed and activated at the same time, which is not permitted.

    IMHO your best course of action is to acquire a Dell Operating System reinstallation disc (LVTravel posted a link for you to make that request), then backup and offload your data, then cleanly install a fresh copy of Windows onto the computer.  It's a lot of drudgery, but you will be very glad you did it because typically the computer will run much more quickly and smoothly with a fresh installation of Windows.  When you start the computer, if you see a blue bar with www.dell.com at the top of the screen for two seconds (right after the Dell logo but before Windows starts), then you may still have a functional recovery partition, and if so, you will not need the OS Reinstallation disc.  If you see the blue bar, press CTRL and F11 simultaneously to engage the Dell PC Restore program that will reimage the computer back to out-of-the-box condition.


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    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 3:03 AM

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  • "Charlene Geddes" wrote in message news:ddba9f82-93cc-4d2f-99d4-f1cd26ec3a6a...

    Please help me...

    I bought my laptop & VALID Windows XP Pro software that came with it about 5/6 years ago (incl. my installation CDs - now lost!).  I have my legit CoA Product Key under my laptop.

    However, some months back my Wireless Internet Software & Card would not work on my 'original' Windows XP OS (despite numerous tests, scans, etc).

    The wireless internet company then installed a 2ND O/S (on the same laptop as my 'proper' O/S), but is a 'copied' version of Windows XP Pro (Version 2002) SP2, which i suspect, or rather know, is a 'pirated' or 'non-legit' copy.
    This copy has basically NOTHING in it like Office, etc, only the very very basics in order for me to use the internet.

    I have been using that 2nd Windows XP Pro O/S (the 'copied version) solely for internet, yet all my personal files, other software, etc, is installed on my original 1st O/S (very frustrating!)

    It stands to reason, that since I have been using this 2nd O/S for internet, I have become susceptible to many viruses, pc not running well, etc..

    I have tried downloading anti-virus software from your Windows sites, but needless to say, every time I try download something related or connected or affiliated to 'Windows' I CANNOT as my 'validation' fails since I am not using a 'proper copy'...!

    I contacted an IT friend I knew, & he said that I would be able to use my 'original/legit' CoA Product Key from my validated genuine copy of my Windows (the 1st O/S i had bought with the laptop).

    I cannot find ANYWAY on any of your sites where I can use this Product Key (from my genuine version) for the 'copied' version on my laptop?  Was I misled??

    I am really desperate to get my pc protected with anti-virus & have the Windows Automatic Updates, etc, but am failing miserably....

    My Dell laptop is solely my own, used for home only.

    I would be very grateful for any assistance please as my laptop NEEDS protection & is running very poorly!

    Thanks

    C

    I have done a Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    ----------------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Blocked VLK
    Validation Code: 3

    What was installed onto the computer was Windows XP Pro from a Volume Licensed disk and therefore you can not use your OEM or retail license key to validate this copy of the software.  If you can find an OEM Windows XP Pro disk, borrow one or buy one on eBay or the like for a little money (you don't need the key) then you can use that disk to install XP onto your computer and validate it with the key on the laptop.  Since you have a Dell laptop see this for possible original disk replacement - https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form%20
     
    Let us know what happened
     
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:55 PM
  • Hello Charlene Geddes,

    When there are two installations of Windows on the same computer, and when you start up the computer you are prompted to choose which of the two you want to run, that is called "dual booting."

    To specifically answer your question, can you use the product key on the Certificate of Authenticity affixed to your Dell to genuine-ize the second (and nongenuine) installation of XP on your computer, the answer is, "No."  The End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) permits only one instance of the license to be installed and activated at any given time.  Dual-booting would mean that there are two instances of the license installed and activated at the same time, which is not permitted.

    IMHO your best course of action is to acquire a Dell Operating System reinstallation disc (LVTravel posted a link for you to make that request), then backup and offload your data, then cleanly install a fresh copy of Windows onto the computer.  It's a lot of drudgery, but you will be very glad you did it because typically the computer will run much more quickly and smoothly with a fresh installation of Windows.  When you start the computer, if you see a blue bar with www.dell.com at the top of the screen for two seconds (right after the Dell logo but before Windows starts), then you may still have a functional recovery partition, and if so, you will not need the OS Reinstallation disc.  If you see the blue bar, press CTRL and F11 simultaneously to engage the Dell PC Restore program that will reimage the computer back to out-of-the-box condition.


    Buy Office 2007 Now, Get Office 2010 Free http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-FX101825695.aspx?CTT=97
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 3:03 AM