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by CoreyP / January 21, 2006 10:29 AM PST

I got my XP cd from a friend. I want to install SP2 but it wont let me validate my cd. When i had 2K it was also given to me from a friend and i had no problem installing SPs. Is there any way to validate my copy or get around that completely so i can install SP2?

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Dead End...
by John.Wilkinson / January 21, 2006 10:45 AM PST
In reply to: XP SP2

Unless your friend bought a copy of Windows XP for you, or has sold his old copy to you (removing Windows XP from his computer and destroying all copies of the software and license), your copy of Windows XP is illegal. (You do not posess a license for it...he does.) In that case you'll be unable to download most updates, free Microsoft add-ons, etc, validate Windows, register, request tech support, and so on. Also, if this is the case you'll find no help in these forums, and we do not condone or support piracy or other illegal activities.

If he did transfer all copies of the software and license over to you, you'll have to contact Microsoft and file a change of registration so that you may proceed. That's the only way.


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by CoreyP / January 21, 2006 11:10 AM PST
In reply to: Dead End...

So how would i go about contacting microsoft to have them validate it for me. As far as i know its not an illegal copy.

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Contacting Microsoft...
by John.Wilkinson / January 21, 2006 12:19 PM PST
In reply to: OK

When validation fails I believe (I've had problems with MS Office, but never Windows) they give you a phone number to call to validate/activate/register the software. If not, call 1-800-RU-LEGIT for the Microsoft Piracy division. You can also try 1-800-MICROSOFT (1-800-642-7676) and have them transfer the call.

Here are some main points:
* You must have the original Windows XP CD. Click here on info how to tell.
* You must have the product key.
* Your friend must have knowingly transferred complete ownership to you.
* Your friend must have destroyed an/all copies he had.
* Your friend must have uninstalling that copy of Windows from his computer.
* This must be a retail copy of Windows XP.
* Your friend must have purchased it legally.
* This copy of Windows must not have been transferred before.

Hope this helps,

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It may be a totally legal CD
by Ray Harinec / January 28, 2006 12:53 AM PST
In reply to: OK

but your reusing it is what now makes it illegal if the original owner still has it on his computer.

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by fmag / January 27, 2006 7:21 PM PST
In reply to: XP SP2

Hi coreyp. I had a similar problem. I ended up having to purchase a legal copy of the CD. Everything is now working. Microsoft have taken the action to stop illegal CD's by making every user register wth them. Hope this helps. Gopher2

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