Win XP Re-Installation help RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am re-installing the os on a pre-installed win-xp pro system

    I borrowed an installation disk since I don't have one, and it says "The Product Id you entered is not valid"

    Since the computer came with the License, shouldn't I "own" the right to install it?

    Please can someone give me some help with this?

    *Edit* - Would it be a problem if I used a fake license off the internet, then changed it over the phone? (I can't install it at all)
    Saturday, February 13, 2010 2:52 AM


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  • Hello W0lfbane,

    You will see that error message when you try to use an OEM product key with a non-OEM installation CD.

    For more information, please ask your follow-up Windows XP installation questions here:  http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xpinstall/threads?filter=answered
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, February 16, 2010 9:56 PM
    Saturday, February 13, 2010 9:32 PM
  • Thanks.

    I installed with another (illegal) key, then used a tool I found in the section you pointed me to to change the key to my (legal) one.

    I guess it worked, because the "validate windows" thing when I installed SP3 worked fine (said it's valid)
    Sunday, February 14, 2010 4:21 AM