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Old 07-26-05, 11:58 PM
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Windows Activation Help

To start off I have 2 computers, a laptop and a desktop. On the laptop WinXP Pro came preinstalled. That's no problem. However on the PC XP Home came preinstalled, and I never bothered to change it. However I realized I had an old copy of XP Pro laying around from 2002 that I no longer had installed because it was for a computer I had that died. It was a copy I purchased and is legit, but it wasn't Service Pack 2. I tried to install this on the newer computer, but was running into errors. I decided I would use the newer XP cd that came with my laptop, and simply use the old registration key. However, it won't recognize the old registration key. I tried calling up MS, but simply get the automated message, and they tell me my product isn't valid and to try reinstalling the software with the registration key provided.

I do not want to try formatting that computer and reinstalling with the old cd because it would be ridiculously annoying, and I know it wouldn't work. Is there any other routes I can go through (legitimate) that I can use to activate my software. Preferably somewhere I could get a live person on the phone to explain my situation to?
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All XP keys are not created equal ... you have OEM cds, upgrade CDs, retail full install CDs, volume licensed CDs, etc. The key you use must match the CD you are installing from. I don't believe that even a keychanger can overcome this hurdle.

Look up "slipstreaming xp sp2" and you ought to find an easy tutorial on how to make your own SP2 XP CD out of your retail copy of Pro. Use this new CD to do a repair install and you should be all set.
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SP2 is a little large, isn't it? Does a SP2 slipstream still fit on a CD?

(A slipstream SP2 disk has been on my todo list for about a LONG time now.)
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You can use your new XP Pro CD to install on your PC. You can even use the code that is on the XP Pro CD. However, when you do this, just make sure your laptop is not connected to the Internet at all (have it powered off). You'll have to call to get the activation code, but it should not be a problem.
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Originally Posted by gcbrowni
SP2 is a little large, isn't it? Does a SP2 slipstream still fit on a CD?

(A slipstream SP2 disk has been on my todo list for about a LONG time now.)

yep
you can easily slipstream sp2 along with all patches released since then on a cd
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First off, do you really need to go from Home to Pro? Is it really a necessity and the hassle that you are going through?
Here is a Home vs Pro thread to show the main differences.


You can order the SP2 CD from Microsoft free of charge. I don't know how current the updates are though.

XP SP2 Slipstreaming Guide This will make it bootable.

Also there are customization programs to help the slipstream process such as Nlite and there is another program but I can't think of the name of it right now.

As BigPete says all XP discs are not created equal.....and I won't even talk about KC's
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Hey Shelby,

Do you know of a good program that can insert the serials and automate the "click next" buttons automatically, so a person doesn't have to sit by the computer all the time?

Is it a specialized MSI file you create or something?
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Hey Shelby,

Do you know of a good program that can insert the serials and automate the "click next" buttons automatically, so a person doesn't have to sit by the computer all the time?

Is it a specialized MSI file you create or something?

Creating an Answer file?

Sysprep

EDITED: I believe N-Lite does this also. check the forum here for customization:Unattended Install
This is a great site. Check the home page and look around!

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Yep, that's what it was. Answer File. Thanks.
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I had already gone to Pro during the reinstall over a month ago because I figured I had the copy so why not just use it. My computer was just running sluggishly, and I had a lot of files I no longer wanted (porn) so I just decided to do a fresh install. At one point I was looking to use the remote desktop feature, and I couldn't because I had Home and not Pro installed. I figured if I was wiping anyway, why not switch to Pro if I need the desktop feature in the future.

By the way I used the key on the laptop, and it worked fine. I thought it was supposed to notice that 2 systems had the same key, but I guess it doesn't?
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Originally Posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
Creating an Answer file?

Sysprep

EDITED: I believe N-Lite does this also. check the forum here for customization:Unattended Install
This is a great site. Check the home page and look around!

I didn't know about this. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by spainlinx0
By the way I used the key on the laptop, and it worked fine. I thought it was supposed to notice that 2 systems had the same key, but I guess it doesn't?
What type of XP CD do you have? Retail, OEM etc...? The key is tied to the CD only if it Retail, if I am not mistaken. It has nothing to do with the system unless it is an OEM CD. I don't think that the keys are case-sensitive, though. Make sure you are not confusing letters and numbers like a 0 (zero) for a o ("o") etc..


You should be able to use the Remote Desktop Feature on Home and Pro. Check this linkMSlink

Or are you thinking of Remote Assistance?

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