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Hey i have 3 valid cd key's of windows xp. 2 home and 1 pro.

one computer was custom built, but had the COA sticker on the side- xp pro.
one is from dell with a COA sticker on the side
Last is from Compaq with the COA sticker on the side.

now im trying to reformat all of these, but i dont' have the cd to any of these, + for the custom built one, the owner didn't have the cd, but on the COA sticker it says ITS OEM software.

anywayz. i have a xp pro cd, and and xp home cd, both valid. the ones i installed on my PCs. so i tried using the xp pro cd to format the custom built comp, but the OEM key on the tower doesn't work. So i went online and downloaded a OEM version of xp pro, and yet it still doesn't work. i guess it only works with some kind of OEM version of xp pro?

the Dell computer, i used my version of xp home, with the key on the dell computer, and it worked. activated windows and everything.

the compaq computer is giving me the hardest problems. i tried using the xp home cd with the key on the computer, it didn't work. so i downloaded a OEM version of XP home and the key worked on install, because it says the key's invalid. does this mean they key is invalid - has be black listed? or the wrong copy of xp home was installed with the key? but i have the COA sticker for the compaq computer on the side. i guess i need the original cd keys?

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Those keys usually only work with the OEM cds used to install the OS in the first place. Retail keys don't work with OEM cds either.
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Hey i have 3 valid cd key's of windows xp. 2 home and 1 pro.

one computer was custom built, but had the COA sticker on the side- xp pro.
one is from dell with a COA sticker on the side
Last is from Compaq with the COA sticker on the side.

now im trying to reformat all of these, but i dont' have the cd to any of these, + for the custom built one, the owner didn't have the cd, but on the COA sticker it says ITS OEM software.

anywayz. i have a xp pro cd, and and xp home cd, both valid. the ones i installed on my PCs. so i tried using the xp pro cd to format the custom built comp, but the OEM key on the tower doesn't work. So i went online and downloaded a OEM version of xp pro, and yet it still doesn't work. i guess it only works with some kind of OEM version of xp pro?

the Dell computer, i used my version of xp home, with the key on the dell computer, and it worked. activated windows and everything.

the compaq computer is giving me the hardest problems. i tried using the xp home cd with the key on the computer, it didn't work. so i downloaded a OEM version of XP home and the key worked on install, because it says the key's invalid. does this mean they key is invalid - has be black listed? or the wrong copy of xp home was installed with the key? but i have the COA sticker for the compaq computer on the side. i guess i need the original cd keys?

so i was thinking hmm, i ahve the original cd key, is there some activation crack?
It should tell on the sticker which Windows version it is intended for...

It looks like the top one:
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post #4 of 12
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the problem is i have the, but i don't have the original disk. so when trying to reformat i can't because i dont' ahve the original disk, lol thats the problem. i have valid keys, and i know what they are because i have the COA stickers
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Call the Manufacturer or Microsoft see what they can do for you. Maybe they can tell you what type of disc it is, how to get it, or give you some kind of idea of which discs you need to borrow, say from a neighbor with a similar machine.
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gracias. hmmm. i'll try that one. and i'll look for ppl who have similar machines
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yeah, contacting MS or the manufarcturer should help. They might be able to send a good disk at shipping/handling costs.

Please do NOT discuss cracks.
    
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but if your going to call Microsoft, be prepared to be on the phone for hours! and think of a good reason why they should help you. i had to reformat once and reactive my windows by phone and the lady thought i was lying.....until i worked my magic
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I've had to reactive windows xp about 40 times now and each time after my instant activation was over and require me to call they've been very nice.

Tell them where you bought it, that you're just completing a re-installation after some troubles, and give them your installation ID. They'll read back the Confirmation ID to you. They've always been very professional.
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post #10 of 12
Same here.

I have to reactivate Windows on a customers machine at least 2-3 times a week.
I get the least hassle from them by saying its the first time its been activated. Also, make sure to tell them it is only on one computer.

I've tried explaining that I was reinstalling the OS, but everytime I've done that, the person had to check with their supervisor... I either get new ppl or their script doesn't cover that.

As far as OEM versions not installing, its kinda strange.
I've used OEM discs for XP PRO / Home on everything from the custom machines we build to Dells, Gateways and Compaqs... Obviously the best thing is to use the original recovery CDs when possible (or the recovery partition on Compaq/HPs) but its not always a viable option.
    
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