I upgraded to a bit system, and bought a Windows XP x64 retail from my local Staples. Everything installed fine, until I got to the part where you define your locale, keyboard type, enter product key, etc. The part after setup has copied all of the files to the disk, its just finishing the installation. So when it asked for the product key I entered the one from the booklet that came in the box. It said:
Windows XP wont accept product keys
You can now close Registry Editor. We’re done making changes in the registry. Click on Start and then Run. Also, all of the o’s are letters — there are no zeros in the command.
If it helps, copy and paste the above into the Run dialog box. Choose the Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows radio button and then click the Next button.
You won’t actually be activating Windows XP via the telephone at this time. This is just the step you have to take right now to get to the area where you can change the Windows XP product key.
If you don’t see the screen above but instead see a message notifying you that Windows XP is already activated, you may not have properly changed the OOBETimer value in which case you should start this process over.
If that still doesn’t work, which is not uncommon, you should try changing the Windows XP product key with Winkeyfinder , a popular free product key finder program that can also change the XP product key.
Don’t fill out anything on this screen since this is part of a Windows XP activation process, something you may or may not be doing after your product key is changed. After entering the product key, click the Update button.
The product key in the screenshot above is not a valid Windows XP product key. It is provided for example only. This screen is only momentarily displayed. If you don’t see it, don’t worry. It probably just happened too quickly to notice. You should now be seeing the Activate Windows by phone screen.
This is one method of activating Windows which you’re more than welcome to use. If you click the Back button, you’ll see that you have the option of activating over the internet — a much easier and faster way to activate Windows XP assuming you have an internet connection on the computer. If you’d rather postpone activating Windows XP until a later date, you can click the Remind me later button on this window or choose the No, remind me to activate Windows every few days button on the main activation screen.
The Windows Product Activation window that appears in place of Step 10 should say “Windows is already activated. Click OK to exit.
So I go to do a clean install of Windows XP using the same product key that it was using before and it rejects it, says its not a valid product key. Im trying to help my brother install xp on this pc he bought but when i enter the product key found in the audrey-allure.com,it wont accept audrey-allure.com,when. When I attempt to use the product key that Windows automatically inserted at My *LEGAL* copy of Windows XP does not accept my *GENUINE* product key! So your *LEGAL* copy isn’t a disk that came with the laptop?.
Activate Windows XP – invalid product key
You can now close Registry Editor. We’re done making changes in the registry. Click on Start and then Run. Also, all of the o’s are letters — there are no zeros in the command. If it helps, copy and paste the above into the Run dialog box.
If you are, you should upgrade anyway. When you activate over the Internet, your copy of Windows checks in with Microsoft and reports its product key. If your Windows product key is non-genuine in other words, a pirated key or is being used on another computer, the activation process will fail.
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