You need to buy a license, because your brother in law gave you a pirated copy of XP. Consequently, had you called HP to make a warranty claim on the system (assuming it's under warranty) and had HP send you a new motherboard and power supply, your recovery discs would have worked just fine.
You will need to go out and buy the "full version" license, not just the upgrade to be on the legal up and up.
Hello, Here's the issue. My HP computer with XP went down after multiple consecutive power surges. My brother-in-law put in a new motherboard and power supply. When he started it up, there were many errors including a Windows Explorer one that alway caused me to have to close the windows. The recovery disks I had did not work. Said they were not the correc disks for the product. My brother-in-law had an extra copy of XP and did a re-install. Now that I have it back, it says I need to activate XP, but when I try, it says it's an incorrect ID. I looked at the disk my brother-in-law sent and it is in XP install for Dell computers. Mine's an HP with different motherboard and powersupply. So, can I activate XP or am I going to have to go out and buy new disks? If I have to buy new disks, can I just buy the upgrade ones?
Thanks for any advice