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XP Invalid Key

By hoopcat ·
I recently had a hdd crash, so I replaced the hard drive, formatted, and installed my copy of windows on the new drive. When asked to activate, it says it is invalid key. I know for a fact it is a valid key.
I try to activate thru internet, and it says it can't at this time, to call the telephone number and activate.
I don't have a home phone, or a cell phone, so that option is a wash.
Does anyone know any way around this?
I only have 7 more days to activate.
By the way it is XP Home with service pack 2.

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A couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to XP Invalid Key

You receive an error message after you enter the product key when you try to install Windows XP
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310637
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Error message when you install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Service Pack 2 (SP2): "The product key used to install Windows is invalid"
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326904
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<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.
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Sorry but can I just ask ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to XP Invalid Key

If you don't have a home phone, how exactly are you connecting to the internet? ?

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Wireless

by .Martin. In reply to Sorry but can I just ask ...

connected to neighbors unsecured home network (kidding)

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I've seen this happen.........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to XP Invalid Key

You have a copy of Windows which validated at one time, but now it will not. Usually, this is caused by a series of numbers being reported as stolen/counterfeited after the initial validation has taken place.

In this case, your only chance of ever getting validated is to call Microsoft. Borrow a phone if you have to. They'll tell you either it will fly and fix it or it won't fly.

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