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Old 07-21-2006, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 100% genuine XP Pro SP 1Serial Number which came with my dell. I want to trasfer the os to my custom built pc but i lost the cd. So i borrowed a XP Pro SP1 from my friend and tried to install it but it says that i have entered an invalid serial at the setup. Why doesn't it work?

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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because each CD has its own unique cd key

if you lost the CD, then you can say goodbye to your genuine cd key :[

there might be a way to change it, but if there is, i don't know about it


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Old 07-22-2006, 06:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I never knew that.

I guess that would be another reason for me to not purchase Windows XP.
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Old 07-22-2006, 06:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I heard that MS made some OEM product keys not work with activation over the internet, ones from large manufacturers(eg.dell). This was to stop pirates using a OEM serial key on other computers, as the serial key on the OEM computer wouldn't have been used to activate the computer, as it is pre activated.
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So does that mean that the serial i have can no longer be used ?
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