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XP product key on sticker doesn't work? :/

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by YakiSOBA, Sep 9, 2006.

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  1. YakiSOBA

    YakiSOBA Notebook Geek

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    Hey guys,

    I did a clean install of XP on my Asus W3J, and mistakenly used a cd key which was generated from my friend. To correct this, I tried to change my product key to the one listed on the sticker at the bottom of my W3J -- but it doesn't work.

    I tried using the magic bean program to change it, but it keeps saying to try again and that its because the key I entered was invalid or "keyed incorrectly" -- but I checked 10++ times already.

    Next I followed some googled tips and same thing, it said the product key doesn't work.

    What gives? :( Everytime I boot up windows theres some huge logo saying I don't have an authentic product key!
     
  2. Tim

    Tim Notebook Virtuoso

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    You probably will need to call Microsoft.
    Tim
     
  3. YakiSOBA

    YakiSOBA Notebook Geek

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    Do you know if they are open on weekends? lol
     
  4. Tim

    Tim Notebook Virtuoso

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    They probably are. I would look to see if they gave you a phone number to call if you are having problems installing. Then I would call that number and explain what happend. Hopefully they can reset it or send you a new copy.
    Tim
     
  5. drumfu

    drumfu super modfu

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    reinstall with the correct key is an option
     
  6. egarbage

    egarbage Notebook Geek

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    All CD's won't work with all keys. Some cd's are corporate based, some are consumer based.
     
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    zolo Notebook Evangelist

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    Don't call Microsoft before you try this first.
     
  8. yan

    yan Notebook Consultant

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    The one on the back of my A8J didn't work either. I was trying to do a fresh install. Ended up using the recovery CDs to revert to factory setting... I got my laptop in Shanghai. Things get pretty shifty when you're in that country.

    Meh...
     
  9. root

    root Notebook Consultant

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    What you did i am betting, was installed off of your firends CLEAN install disk, odds are that his is either a corp disk or a retail disk. The key you have is for an OEM install, what you are going to need to do, is get your hands on a OEM disk and format/reinstall from there with an OEM! XP disk.
     
  10. qwester

    qwester Notebook Virtuoso

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    ^ Exactly. If the CD you are using to do the install is a retail CD (which it most likely is) the OEM license on the bottom of your notebook won't work with it.

    Retail/OEM licenses and CDs are not cross-usable (if that's a word :p)
     
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