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  • I have a laptop with a Windows XP Home key, but it didn't come with any disks, but I have a XP Home CD and it has its own key, but i want to know if i could use my key with that cd instead of the that came with it because that key belongs to another computer?
    Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:09 AM

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  • The Windows XP product key affixed to your computer is an OEM product key designed to work only with a Windows XP OEM CD.  It will not work with a Windows XP "retail" CD.

    Please see: How to replace missing Microsoft software

     

     


    Carey Frisch
    Sunday, June 27, 2010 2:33 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello Troy Osborne,

    Have lost track of which CD is doing what, so here are the general rules to apply to your situation:

    OEM product keys are printed on an OEM Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) that is supposed to be affixed to the computer wih which the CoA and product key are permanently associated.  These CoAs have been many different colors over the years, blue, green, light yellow, etc.

    Retail product keys are printed on a yellow-orange Proof of License label that is always affixed to the packaging that the retail product comes in.

    A CD that came with a Dell computer is a customized Dell Operating System Reinstallation CD and is only valid when used on the specific Dell computer it came with.

    A generic but genuine Microsoft hologrammed OEM installation CD [all genuine Microsoft hologrammed OEM CDs have "For distribution with a new PC only" in the upper left quadrant] can be used with any OEM product key as printed on the CoA from the same version and edition of Windows.  When using a generic Microsoft hologrammed Windows installation disc with the product key from the CoA affixed to a computer from a major manufacturer, quite often an automatic online activation will be rejected, necessitating that you do a Telephonic Activation.

    And finally, as Carey posted, OEM product keys are rejected as Invalid during Setup if you are using a retail installation disc.  Likewise, retail product keys are rejected as Invalid during Setup if you are using an OEM installation disc.


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    • Marked as answer by Troy Osborne Friday, July 2, 2010 3:02 AM
    Thursday, July 1, 2010 9:49 PM

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  • The Windows XP product key affixed to your computer is an OEM product key designed to work only with a Windows XP OEM CD.  It will not work with a Windows XP "retail" CD.

    Please see: How to replace missing Microsoft software

     

     


    Carey Frisch
    Sunday, June 27, 2010 2:33 AM
    Moderator
  • Its not a retail cd , It came with a Dell Computer and its key is on an orange sticker, but I recently but a WIndows XP Home Edition OEM disc from Newegg and its key went to a new computer but will this cd work with my key that came with my Laptop?
    Thursday, July 1, 2010 8:45 PM
  • Hello Troy Osborne,

    Have lost track of which CD is doing what, so here are the general rules to apply to your situation:

    OEM product keys are printed on an OEM Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) that is supposed to be affixed to the computer wih which the CoA and product key are permanently associated.  These CoAs have been many different colors over the years, blue, green, light yellow, etc.

    Retail product keys are printed on a yellow-orange Proof of License label that is always affixed to the packaging that the retail product comes in.

    A CD that came with a Dell computer is a customized Dell Operating System Reinstallation CD and is only valid when used on the specific Dell computer it came with.

    A generic but genuine Microsoft hologrammed OEM installation CD [all genuine Microsoft hologrammed OEM CDs have "For distribution with a new PC only" in the upper left quadrant] can be used with any OEM product key as printed on the CoA from the same version and edition of Windows.  When using a generic Microsoft hologrammed Windows installation disc with the product key from the CoA affixed to a computer from a major manufacturer, quite often an automatic online activation will be rejected, necessitating that you do a Telephonic Activation.

    And finally, as Carey posted, OEM product keys are rejected as Invalid during Setup if you are using a retail installation disc.  Likewise, retail product keys are rejected as Invalid during Setup if you are using an OEM installation disc.


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    • Marked as answer by Troy Osborne Friday, July 2, 2010 3:02 AM
    Thursday, July 1, 2010 9:49 PM
  • The Dell CD HAs "For distributoin witha new pc only" and is holographic....but it has orange sticker....
    Friday, July 2, 2010 4:38 AM
  • How do you uninstall Vista Home BAsic x32 so I can reinstall XP beacause Apparently my MADE FOR WINDOWS XP...WINDOWS VISTA CAPABLE isn't that capable for Vista?

    Where can you get an XP Home disc?

     

    Friday, July 2, 2010 4:51 AM
  • Mine Didn't come with one. HP COMPAQ PRESARIO V5000 CTO
    Friday, July 2, 2010 5:00 AM
  • How do you uninstall Vista Home BAsic x32 so I can reinstall XP beacause Apparently my MADE FOR WINDOWS XP...WINDOWS VISTA CAPABLE isn't that capable for Vista?

    Where can you get an XP Home disc?

     


    Hello Troy Osborne,

    Two OEM editions of Vista (Vista Business and Vista Ultimate) are licensed with downgrade rights, meaning that if the computer came with Vista Biz or Vista Ult, the OEM license automatically included rights to use Windows XP Pro.

    However, since the computer in question did not come with either Vista Biz or Ult OEM licenses, there are no downgrade rights.  So, in order to run Windows XP Home, you would need to purchase either an OEM license for full retail license for XP Home and install it, just as if the computer came with no preinstalled license for Windows.

    It's not getting any easier to find XP Home OEM or retail products as these are obsolete and Microsoft is not making any more for sale.  You could try a your local Mom-n-Pop compiyer stores to see if they have nay older stock on hand, and check with major, well-known online retailers.


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    Friday, July 2, 2010 11:44 AM
  • The Dell CD HAs "For distributoin witha new pc only" and is holographic....but it has orange sticker....


    I have never seen a Dell Windows XP Operating System Reinstallation disc that is hologrammed.  Ecery single one I have seen is a plain CD with a silk-screened label.  XP Home labels are usually a maroon color and XP Pro labels are usually a lighter shade of green.

    Is the "sticker" affixed to the computer?  Does it have the Dell logo on it under the line that describes the version and edition of Windows?  Is it a rectangle or does it have a rounded shape to it?


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    Friday, July 2, 2010 11:48 AM
  • Mine Didn't come with one. HP COMPAQ PRESARIO V5000 CTO


    Presumably you mean your Compaq did not come with a reinstallation disc.  That is not unusual, many computer manufacturers put the data needed to reinstall Windows on a hard disk drive partition and you as the end user are expected to run a program that makes the reinstallation discs using the data on the hard disk drive partition.

    Predictably, most average computer users do not make the discs.


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    Friday, July 2, 2010 11:51 AM
  • The orange sticker is affixed to the back of the packaging, but there is no fancy OEM sticker on the case. The cd comes in an XP folder that has a booklet in it and the sticker is on the back of the folder. The folder is like the OEM copy of XP Home I just bought but larger.
    Friday, July 2, 2010 5:20 PM
  • The orange sticker is affixed to the back of the packaging, but there is no fancy OEM sticker on the case. The cd comes in an XP folder that has a booklet in it and the sticker is on the back of the folder.

    You are describing a retail license package.

     

    We seem to have taken the graduate course in Windows licensing and packaging, but are you any closer to solving your problem?


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    Friday, July 2, 2010 6:29 PM
  • Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Blocked VLK
    Validation Code: 3
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J
    Windows Product Key Hash: Ro/Y7HENE9CfW7lW+QtlNbYQEE8=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8365391-23245
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro
    ID: {B80E86BC-4768-4A00-AA9B-611E4AEF2C2E}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered, 1.9.42.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: N/A
    Architecture: N/A
    Build lab: N/A
    TTS Error: N/A
    Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1
    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: 108 Invalid VLK
    Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 - 108 Invalid VLK
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-230-1_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.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-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{B80E86BC-4768-4A00-AA9B-611E4AEF2C2E}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-VPK3J</PKey><PID>76487-640-8365391-23245</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1645522239-1292428093-1801674531</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>XFX68L</Manufacturer><Model>XFX Nforce 680i LT</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix Technologies, LTD</Manufacturer><Version>6.00 PG</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080122000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>1F89390F01848E7A</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>US Mountain Standard Time(GMT-07:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>108</Result><Products><Product GUID="{90120000-0030-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>108</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>7480B9502DF0D86</Val><Hash>oYWOW5ayFE3pZ+jvTpuXYsY64JE=</Hash><Pid>89388-707-8722531-65445</Pid><PidType>14</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="19" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="1A" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="44" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="BA" Version="12" Result="108"/></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: no
    Marker string from BIOS: N/A
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OK, so I hope that this is everything. I'm having issues with the VLK blocked so I cant use media player because I cant update my computer because I have a "non-genuine" copy of xp, yet it is a legit copy. My computer is a custom build, and everything is either from Nvidia or fry's electronics. I would like to know what can be done to resolve this extremely annoying issue.

    Monday, September 6, 2010 1:22 AM
  • "ac30f5p4d35" wrote in message news:55da80eb-138e-405c-bfb1-2b8f0df40df9...

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Blocked VLK
    Validation Code: 3
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J
    Windows Product Key Hash: Ro/Y7HENE9CfW7lW+QtlNbYQEE8=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8365391-23245
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro


    OK, so I hope that this is everything. I'm having issues with the VLK blocked so I cant use media player because I cant update my computer because I have a "non-genuine" copy of xp, yet it is a legit copy. My computer is a custom build, and everything is either from Nvidia or fry's electronics. I would like to know what can be done to resolve this extremely annoying issue.


    Both your Windows and your Office installs are non-genuine.
    For what version and edition of Windows is the COA Sticker on the case (if there is a sticker?)
    I f there is no COA sticker, then you should have a full retail pack for XP Pro - compare it with the stuff here

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Monday, September 6, 2010 8:22 AM
    Moderator