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I have a genuine authentication sticker, but can't get windows to accept the product key in the installation process RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have an authentication sticker for xp professional that I have checked online and is genuine.  It has the letters HP below the product name, when I type the key in, it says that the key is not valid.  What have I done and how do I fix it?
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:23 AM

Answers

  • Hello xfcer,

    Tell me about it! LOL  :-)

    Anyway, glad you got it fixed!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:11 PM
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:18 AM

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  • Hello xcfer,

    That's an OEM product key that will only work with an OEM CD.

    If you try to use an OEm product key with a retail or volume licensing CD, you would get the "not valid" error.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:55 AM
  • I am pretty sure that I have an OEM cd, but instead of doing a backup restore I tried to reinstall windows completely.  The hard drive has been formatted, where do I go from here?

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:57 AM
  • Hello xcfer,

    If you are using a genuine Microsoft hologrammed CD from the systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer channel, it WILL accept the product keys printed on genuine OEM certificates of authenticity.

    If it is not accepted, one of two things has happened:

    1.  You typed it wrong.  The letter "B" and the numeral eight look very similar, I have trouble telling them apart in the font used for the product key unless I use a magnifying glass.

    2.  You are not matching the CD type to the product key type.  OEM product keys work ONLY with OEM CDs.  An OEM CD will have "For distribution ONLY with a new PC" printed in the hologram in the upper left quadrant.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:13 AM
  • Thanks, I found my problem.  Those 8's are brutal
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:15 AM
  • Hello xfcer,

    Tell me about it! LOL  :-)

    Anyway, glad you got it fixed!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:11 PM
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:18 AM