Windows xp Home Activation help?

Found 7th May 2008
I've just tried re-installing xp and it is saying my COA key is invalid? Its an oem version so does this make a difference?
Thanks

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OEM versions need to be installed on the computer with which the hardware came as OEM versions are only sold with hardware.
Is this a different machine than the one the disc came with?

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heatherw_01;2049882

OEM versions need to be installed on the computer with which the hardware … OEM versions need to be installed on the computer with which the hardware came as OEM versions are only sold with hardware.Is this a different machine than the one the disc came with?



nope same one as the original install?

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Have you put any new hardware in as then you will need to ring Microsoft to get a new key generated?

Have you made a major hardware change?
You can try to activate over the phone.

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Nope everything is the same i just reinstalled to start fresh. I tried activating over the phone but when i got through to support and read out the code they said it was invalid?

Are you sure you mean 'WPA' as this is for your wireless encryption ! Not a windows key.

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Wongo;2050052

Are you sure you mean 'WPA' as this is for your wireless encryption ! … Are you sure you mean 'WPA' as this is for your wireless encryption ! Not a windows key.



Windows Product Activation:thumbsup:

If you are using the OEM disk and the original serial code, I can't see why it doesn't work.
Sorry I can't help you further.

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heatherw_01;2050119

If you are using the OEM disk and the original serial code, I can't see … If you are using the OEM disk and the original serial code, I can't see why it doesn't work.Sorry I can't help you further.



thanks anyway:thumbsup:

Anyone else?

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ring up the OEM (PC builder who supplied the disk) and complain they have supplied an invalid disk.

call them.

they offer a freephone number (you can go to a phonebox if you only have a mobile), activate this way.
Tell them you changed your motherboard and other parts of your PC.

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csiman;2050323

ring up the OEM (PC builder who supplied the disk) and complain they have … ring up the OEM (PC builder who supplied the disk) and complain they have supplied an invalid disk.



I built it myself.

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BritJamez;2050326

call them.they offer a freephone number (you can go to a phonebox if you … call them.they offer a freephone number (you can go to a phonebox if you only have a mobile), activate this way.Tell them you changed your motherboard and other parts of your PC.



Whats the number? Don't you have to be a registered system builder to do this with an OEM?

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bump:whistling:

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ryancs;2050345

I built it myself.


The disk will not work then. you need to buy a valid copy of xp, not an OEM one.

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vixygwim;2051537

I'd like to hear that conversation.



That's what i thought lol.

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csiman;2051534

The disk will not work then. you need to buy a valid copy of xp, not an … The disk will not work then. you need to buy a valid copy of xp, not an OEM one.



Is there no way you can get them to re-activate it? Otherwise its useless after the first install if you format your pc etc.

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vixygwim;2051615

So much hassle, I've never once activated a Windows installation because … So much hassle, I've never once activated a Windows installation because I kept going with Windows 2000 until the very end... and then I bought DELL machines so that solved any activation cr*p.Dare I say it.... d o w n l o a d [a] c r a c k [or] k e y g e nIs this the part where I get banned? :lol:



Don't really want to do this as its a legit version.

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ryancs;2051740

Don't really want to do this as its a legit version.


How can it be legit when it is an OEM copy which is supplied by corporate PC builders. I expect you bought it from ebay............

I recently bought a new graphics card and was told by the supplier this qualified me to buy
an OEM WinXP CD for about £50 . I didn't as I didn't need it.

Firstly ignore what people have said about you not being able to use an OEM as you are not a corporate system builder as this is simply not true. If you buy a piece of qualifying computer hardware (even something like a mouse can count) then you can by Windows XP OEM with it and it is perfectly legal for installation on 1 machine.

I am a little confused as to whether you having problems with the CD-Key when you enter that during installation or whether you are actually at the part where you activate windows over the web?

If it is during the installation then you may be using the wrong disc with the wrong key. The disc must be Windows XP OEM and it will saying on it "For distribution with a new PC only" if it doesnt then your key wont work.

If you are at the activation stage then it could be down to hardware you have changed, run through activation again as normal and when it fails it should give you a number to call to activate via the phone, when that fails it should then put you through to an advisor, explain your problem to him, but if you have changed hardware I would neglect to mention it or play dumb and they will sometimes let it go.

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dmccabe;2054426

Firstly ignore what people have said about you not being able to use an … Firstly ignore what people have said about you not being able to use an OEM as you are not a corporate system builder as this is simply not true. If you buy a piece of qualifying computer hardware (even something like a mouse can count) then you can by Windows XP OEM with it and it is perfectly legal for installation on 1 machine.I am a little confused as to whether you having problems with the CD-Key when you enter that during installation or whether you are actually at the part where you activate windows over the web?If it is during the installation then you may be using the wrong disc with the wrong key. The disc must be Windows XP OEM and it will saying on it "For distribution with a new PC only" if it doesnt then your key wont work. If you are at the activation stage then it could be down to hardware you have changed, run through activation again as normal and when it fails it should give you a number to call to activate via the phone, when that fails it should then put you through to an advisor, explain your problem to him, but if you have changed hardware I would neglect to mention it or play dumb and they will sometimes let it go.



Its during Installation:thumbsup:

basically then it is the key is not right for disc you are using.

either the key is OEM and the disc is not, or the disc is and the key is not.

Got any more disks you can try? you will have to start the install again am afraid though.

I just had similar problems with a laptop I have been repairing for someone where they didnt know which version of Windows came with it and the serial key on the bottom only had the key and no info about what the key was for.

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So are oem keys only good for 1 install?

No no not at all.

They can be used as many times as you like, but they can only be used on the same machine and same hardware.

Lets say you buy a Dell Optiplex and it comes with XP OEM, you can re-install as many times as you like, however should you change the hard drive in the machine then Windows Activation will see this as being a new PC and wont let you activate.

As I say though the activation is after windows has finished installing so is nothing to do with the key which will always work as long as your using the correct type of CD with the correct key.

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dmccabe;2054835

No no not at all.They can be used as many times as you like, but they can … No no not at all.They can be used as many times as you like, but they can only be used on the same machine and same hardware.Lets say you buy a Dell Optiplex and it comes with XP OEM, you can re-install as many times as you like, however should you change the hard drive in the machine then Windows Activation will see this as being a new PC and wont let you activate.As I say though the activation is after windows has finished installing so is nothing to do with the key which will always work as long as your using the correct type of CD with the correct key.



Its strange then as i know for sure both the key and cd are the right ones. I did format the hdd before the install so would this make a difference? Could i install on a new hhd?

Thanks for your help

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ryancs;2055042

Its strange then as i know for sure both the key and cd are the right … Its strange then as i know for sure both the key and cd are the right ones. I did format the hdd before the install so would this make a difference? Could i install on a new hhd?Thanks for your help


Does the disk have the licence key sticker on it as you may have got them mixed up?

Check you entered the correct key.

pcsupport.about.com/od/…htm

If all ok, then ring MS activation again and complain if they refuse to activate.

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csiman;2055072

Does the disk have the licence key sticker on it as you may have got them … Does the disk have the licence key sticker on it as you may have got them mixed up?Check you entered the correct key.http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/tp/topkeyfinder.htmIf all ok, then ring MS activation again and complain if they refuse to activate.



This won't work for me as i have already formatted the drive and started the install so can't run a programme. Its not the activation im having trouble with its the COA i when installing. Sorry about the mis-leading title:oops:

Just thought i'd add a few things that may not help but are useful anyway.

I got my OEM copy of XP from my local shop with a HDD power cable so their are no restrictions on who can buy.

The Product key is not hard coded [i.e. does not have a singular unique identity] to the Windows XP CD or any other version of Windows installation disk media. So disc doesn't matter as long as key is legal.

You can find your Key and even change it with a piece of software called ]MagicJellyBean.

Phone Microsoft and explain that you are doing a reinstall with a legal copy of XP, it may be that something has invalidated the key (this happened to my cousin when a HDD died) . This could be hardware change or too many activation attempts but as long as it's legal and not on another PC at the same time they should fix it.

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ryancs;2055118

This won't work for me as i have already formatted the drive and started … This won't work for me as i have already formatted the drive and started the install so can't run a programme. Its not the activation im having trouble with its the COA i when installing. Sorry about the mis-leading title:oops:


Now that is a competely different story.

Are you sure the disk and COA match up with what you originally installed? There is no way that you could of installed originally with no problems and then re-formatted and are re-installing it in exactly the same way with no hardware changes.

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csiman;2055505

Now that is a competely different story.Are you sure the disk and COA … Now that is a competely different story.Are you sure the disk and COA match up with what you originally installed? There is no way that you could of installed originally with no problems and then re-formatted and are re-installing it in exactly the same way with no hardware changes.



I know thats why im confused with it? Sorry my description of the problem was really bad should of said about this before.

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Shouldnt make a difference but have you tried entering it whilst being disconnected from the net?

What message does it give you when you enter the key?

Does the COA sticker have a windows version id on it and this matches the install disk?

Ungreat;2055341

The Product key is not hard coded [i.e. does not have a singular unique … The Product key is not hard coded [i.e. does not have a singular unique identity] to the Windows XP CD or any other version of Windows installation disk media. So disc doesn't matter as long as key is legal.



The disc does matter some what, if he is using just a Windows XP Pro installation CD and only had an OEM key then it will not install.

I would definitely try calling MS and explaining the situation as everything you are doing is perfectly legal.

Formatting the PC does not mean you cannot re-install OEM software (as long as the hardware is still the same).

The disk you are using is it a Genuine Windows XP Pro OEM Disk? i.e. Is the front of it a hologram? does it say "For distribution with a new PC only" on it?

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Obvious question but it is a FULL INSTALL disk, not an upgrade one?

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csiman;2055864

Obvious question but it is a FULL INSTALL disk, not an upgrade one?



yep its a full install.
I rang M$ and read out the key i had and they could not find it on their system?

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vixygwim;2056119

So....... you've installed it before when you first bought/built the … So....... you've installed it before when you first bought/built the computer using that CD and that KEY...... yet when you try it now it doesn't work.Is that right?Surely that's very unlikely.



yep:?

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Ungreat;2055341

Just thought i'd add a few things that may not help but are useful … Just thought i'd add a few things that may not help but are useful anyway.I got my OEM copy of XP from my local shop with a HDD power cable so their are no restrictions on who can buy. The Product key is not hard coded [i.e. does not have a singular unique identity] to the Windows XP CD or any other version of Windows installation disk media. So disc doesn't matter as long as key is legal.You can find your Key and even change it with a piece of software called ]MagicJellyBean.Phone Microsoft and explain that you are doing a reinstall with a legal copy of XP, it may be that something has invalidated the key (this happened to my cousin when a HDD died) . This could be hardware change or too many activation attempts but as long as it's legal and not on another PC at the same time they should fix it.




Is their a linux version of the above tool?

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care to post a photo of the disk and key?

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csiman;2061404

care to post a photo of the disk and key?



No problem will do when i get a chance:thumbsup: Ive installed ubuntu for now.
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