Windows XP Licence Key Issue

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Grouch, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. Grouch

    Grouch Guest

    Dominic Gifford wrote:
    || Can anyone give me a pointer as to why the following is happenning:?
    ||
    || I have recently purchased a genuine CoA for Win XP Pro to go on my
    || homebuilt machine. When I come to install windows XP Pro (from a CD
    || that I had previously been using "for evaluation purposes") it
    || doesn't accept my Licence key, even though I know it's genuine.
    ||
    || The version of windows I am using is "Version 5.1 (Build
    || 2600.xpsp2.030422-1633 : Service Pack 1)" although the service pack
    || 1 was added by myself when it was released so it's actually a
    || pre-SP1 version on the CD.
    ||
    || I just end up having to use one of those illegal keys to get the
    || damn thing to work!!!!
    ||
    || Has anyone else experienced this or am I simply a muppet?
    ||
    || Many thanks in advance
    ||
    || Dom

    Muppet. :) Format the HD from scratch
     
    Grouch, Aug 21, 2004
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  2. Grouch

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Did your evaluation version need to be activated?
    If not then its a corporate version.

    Of course the other big clue is that it won't accept retail or OEM product
    keys

    --
    Alex

    "We are now up against live, hostile targets"

    "So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad
    attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch! "

    www.drzoidberg.co.uk
    www.ebayfaq.co.uk
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Aug 21, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    You're not a muppet.

    Microsoft changed the hash values on the CD keys when they released
    SP1. That means a CD key for a post SP1 version will not work with
    install media pre SP1 and vice versa.

    Workaround?

    Pop along to a serials site (www.andr.net - use popup blocker) and get
    a CD key that works. Once you've install XP, run Windows Activation.
    It'll tell you the CD key is invalid and ask you to enter another.
    Enter the LEGITIMATE one and it'll activate OK.
     
    Conor, Aug 21, 2004
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  4. Grouch

    Conor Guest

    Grouch...stupid **** without a clue.
     
    Conor, Aug 21, 2004
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  5. Grouch

    Conor Guest

    Ignore his advice, its irrelevent.
     
    Conor, Aug 21, 2004
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  6. Grouch

    Grouch Guest

    Conor wrote:
    || In article <%sFVc.4186$>, Grouch
    || says...
    ||
    ||| Muppet. :) Format the HD from scratch
    |||
    || Grouch...stupid **** without a clue.
    ||
    ||
    || --
    || Conor
    ||
    || I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your
    || newsletter.

    Retarct your post Arsole or I'll follow you round like a fly round shit, and
    make your life hell.
     
    Grouch, Aug 21, 2004
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    Chris Lloyd Guest

    This should help you make the cd accept the key you have.
    http://www.thetechguide.com/howto/setuppini.html

    You will need a cd writer to burn a copy of the cd with the updated file
    to use this method.

    Chris
     
    Chris Lloyd, Aug 21, 2004
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  8. Can anyone give me a pointer as to why the following is happenning:?

    I have recently purchased a genuine CoA for Win XP Pro to go on my homebuilt
    machine. When I come to install windows XP Pro (from a CD that I had
    previously been using "for evaluation purposes") it doesn't accept my
    Licence key, even though I know it's genuine.

    The version of windows I am using is "Version 5.1 (Build
    2600.xpsp2.030422-1633 : Service Pack 1)" although the service pack 1 was
    added by myself when it was released so it's actually a pre-SP1 version on
    the CD.

    I just end up having to use one of those illegal keys to get the damn thing
    to work!!!!

    Has anyone else experienced this or am I simply a muppet?

    Many thanks in advance

    Dom
     
    Dominic Gifford, Aug 21, 2004
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  9. | || I have recently purchased a genuine CoA for Win XP Pro to go on my
    | || homebuilt machine. When I come to install windows XP Pro (from a CD
    | || that I had previously been using "for evaluation purposes") it
    | || doesn't accept my Licence key, even though I know it's genuine.

    | ||
    | || Has anyone else experienced this or am I simply a muppet?


    | Muppet. :) Format the HD from scratch

    Whilst I do exhibit traits of muppetry, I have deleted the (previously
    linux) partitions and created a new partition, using the entire disk, and
    formatted it in the XP setup program as NTFS (not quick). This install is
    fresher than a daisy's fresh bits.

    I just can't understand why the CD won't accept the key, unless of course
    there are different versions of the CD available?

    Thanks for your help,

    Dom
     
    Dominic Gifford, Aug 21, 2004
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  10. | If your 'evaluation' copy is the corporate version it will not accept a
    | non-corporate key.
    |
    | --
    | º~ david ~º

    Thanks David, how can I tell?
     
    Dominic Gifford, Aug 21, 2004
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    Paul Hopwood Guest

    It is likely the key you are using is a for a different edition of
    Windows XP than the one you have installed. The product is available
    in several license types; Retail, OEM and Enterprise/Volume. Each
    type of licence employs different hash values and will only accept
    keys of the same type.

    As someone else has already pointed out, the product type is
    determined by the PID value in SETUPP.INI on the CD-ROM. Armed with
    any XP CD and a list of PIDS you can burn your own to match the CD key
    you have purchased.

    --
     
    Paul Hopwood, Aug 21, 2004
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  12. Many thanks to all who replied. I thinkI'll go the custom CD route as I
    beleive it is a Corp CD and an OEM key.

    Thanks again,

    Dom
     
    Dominic Gifford, Aug 21, 2004
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    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    If you ask nicely I'm sure someone will provide you a copy of an OEM cd to
    use with your key

    --
    Alex

    "We are now up against live, hostile targets"

    "So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad
    attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch! "

    www.drzoidberg.co.uk
    www.ebayfaq.co.uk
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Aug 21, 2004
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  14. Grouch

    Conor Guest

    ROFLMAO. You're new to Usenet aren't you? If you're not, you'd know
    better than to even bother posting that sitty spineless threat to me
    because veterans in the groups I post to know I don't give a damn.

    Oh and it is "retract" and "arsehole" as well as not needing a comma
    before "and" but then again I've come to expect that level of
    illiteracy from your generation.
     
    Conor, Aug 21, 2004
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  15. Grouch

    Conor Guest

    Basically when you enter a CD key the setup machin generates a checksum
    from it. Each version of Windows XP setup expects a different checksum.
    For example, XP Home OEM could expect a CD key ot generate a checksum
    value of 100 and XP Pro expect a checksum value of 200 so if you use a
    key from XP Pro on a XP Home CD then as far as the XP Home setup is
    concerned, because the checksum comes out at 200 the CD Key is invalid
    for that version. It then gets more complicated as MS changed the
    checksum values for each product to combat piracy with the release of
    SP1.

    Issued versions that I'm aware of:

    OEM Versions:
    XP Home
    XP Home SP1/SP1a
    XP Pro
    XP Pro SP1/SP1a

    Upgrade:
    XP Home
    XP Home /SP1SP1a
    XP Pro
    XP Pro SP1/SP1a

    Full Retail:
    XP Home
    XP Home SP1/SP1a
    XP Pro
    XP Pro SP1/SP1a

    XP Pro Corporate.

    So as you can see from the above, there are at least 13 different
    "types" of installation CD and therefore CD Key.
     
    Conor, Aug 21, 2004
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    Tx2 Guest

    [...]
    About what? Certainly not yourself or what others think of you i would
    imagine, given that i'd average at least 3 out of every five posts you
    make that i've seen have a common factor; personal attack and
    expletives.

    But then you don't give a damn 'cos this is Usenet and you can behave
    just the way you want to...
    Likewise, I've come to expect an equal amount of social ineptness from
    yourself...
     
    Tx2, Aug 21, 2004
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  17. Grouch

    Grouch Guest

    Conor wrote:
    || ROFLMAO. You're new to Usenet aren't you? If you're not, you'd know
    || better than to even bother posting that sitty spineless threat to me
    || because veterans in the groups I post to know I don't give a damn.
    ||

    Ha! I see no one want's to indulge in a conversation with you because your a
    complete and uttter Tit.

    There was no need to post a remark of such infantile reprise as you did and
    was uncalled for, if I was wrong then I was wrong and only you are the
    (stupid **** without a clue).
     
    Grouch, Aug 21, 2004
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  18. Grouch

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    If it helps , I think you are both idiots , and well suited to each other.
    --
    Alex

    "We are now up against live, hostile targets"

    "So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad
    attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch! "

    www.drzoidberg.co.uk
    www.ebayfaq.co.uk
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Aug 21, 2004
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  19. Grouch

    Grouch Guest

    Dr Zoidberg wrote:
    || Grouch wrote:
    ||| Conor wrote:
    ||||| ROFLMAO. You're new to Usenet aren't you? If you're not, you'd
    ||||| know better than to even bother posting that sitty spineless
    ||||| threat to me because veterans in the groups I post to know I
    ||||| don't give a damn.
    |||||
    |||
    ||| Ha! I see no one want's to indulge in a conversation with you
    ||| because your a complete and uttter Tit.
    |||
    ||| There was no need to post a remark of such infantile reprise as you
    ||| did and was uncalled for, if I was wrong then I was wrong and only
    ||| you are the (stupid **** without a clue).
    ||
    || If it helps , I think you are both idiots , and well suited to each
    || other. --
    || Alex
    ||
    || "We are now up against live, hostile targets"
    ||
    || "So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a
    || bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch! "
    ||
    || www.drzoidberg.co.uk
    || www.ebayfaq.co.uk

    You sir are PRICELESS!! as both we are and now you have shown you are the
    same as we.?
     
    Grouch, Aug 21, 2004
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  20. Grouch

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    And again in English please...?
    --
    Alex

    "We are now up against live, hostile targets"

    "So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad
    attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch! "

    www.drzoidberg.co.uk
    www.ebayfaq.co.uk
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Aug 21, 2004
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