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The product key you used to install windows may not be valid

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November 3, 2012 8:43:25 AM

My Dell did not come with disks and I recently had to reinstall XP Pro on it. I did have a disk from another computer that I scrapped for parts so I used it. When I tried to enter the product key from the dell it said it wasn't valid so I used the product key from the disk and finished the installation. Now it is saying I can't install SP3 and other programs because of code. Microsoft also acts like it is not even XP PRO. How can I fix this w/o buying another Windows installation disk?
November 3, 2012 2:11:03 PM

contact microsoft
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July 7, 2013 11:04:29 AM

Yes contact Microsoft by phone - you put in the old numbers - when they validated the code they give you new code on phone.
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July 8, 2013 10:55:50 AM

Most laptops come with software to create recovery disks that can restore to factory settings. Without the recovery CD's, it's best to contact Dell or Microsoft on how to proceed.
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