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invalid XP key during re-install

by pysifr / November 30, 2008 4:33 PM PST

I am trying to make a clean install of XP pro which was on my computer.
I have the original repair CD which came with the computer when new, and its 25 digit product code.
By chance I also ran BeLarc Advisor to list all the software and hardware on my machine.
During installation I made a new partition and reformatted the drive and all proceeded until about 32 mins from end when it asked for 25 digit product key. Neither the one stuck to the top of the computer or the one extracted by BeLarc Advisor are accepted as Valid. After hours of time I noted that despite both Belarc Advisor and the sticker on the computer saying it was XP Pro that was installed, I noticed that the "restore" CD states it is "home edition"!
Evesham are now out of business, so no luck there and MS say "not our problem" it is Evesham's problem.
I also extracted a product key from the XP pro home edition CD directory from the unattended.txt file. this is supposed to be a generic code for that CD - it does not work either!
Any ideas where I go from here?
Would a copy of XP pro from a friend work with one of my product numbers?
Does the fact that I have removed several bits of hardware make a difference. I wanted to re-install these "clean" too - eg premiere pro video editing card, lynksys wireless card, SCSSI card.
All help gratefully received

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If you;'ve got a valid license ...
by Kees Bakker / November 30, 2008 6:14 PM PST

for XP pro, you could try your friends CD. It might work. But if it's an OEM version, just as well it might not. Only trying shows.

The alternative is to buy a new license for your XP Home CD or a new CD + license.


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I see the problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2008 1:11 AM PST

You are installing XP Pro but don't have the right CD KEY. "Would a copy of XP pro from a friend work with one of my product numbers?" and my answer is no.

I can't count the number of times I've seen this happen with owners that had some "shop copy" installed and then they try what you are trying.

Fix? Install the XP Home that came with the machine.

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invalid XP key
by pysifr / December 1, 2008 6:10 AM PST
In reply to: I see the problem.

It is the "home edition" I have been trying to install - since that is what is on the CD.
But none of the keys work, neither the one on the sticker on the computer (it says it is XP pro), nor the key extracted from the system with BeLarc ADvisor as the last thing I did before I removed the various bits of hardware (SCCSI card, Premier pro editing card, wireless card). BeLarc also says it is XP pro which was installed.Finally, the code extracted from the Restore CD in the file unattended.txt does not work either!

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Then make the machine stock.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2008 6:43 AM PST
In reply to: invalid XP key

And a changed motherboard is often another cause. Since it's not working all I can tell is that you don't have the right CD and keys. And please do not ask for a workaround. There is none that we can discuss here.

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invalid XP licence code
by pysifr / December 2, 2008 6:05 AM PST

Problem solved.
I obained a copy of an XP Pro recovery disc from a colleague and it installed first time using the code on the label stuck on the side of my computer.
Thanks for your advice


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