Problem changing the product key in windows XP with SP2

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hi,
i want to change the product key on a computer that we bought from DELL to
our windows volume licencsing key. i used the instruction that were on
microsoft website
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328874
(Title: "How to change the Volume Licensing product key on a Windows XP
SP1-based computer"), but it did not work.

the version of windows on the DELL computer is windows xp with SP2
our version of windows which is a volume licencing is XP with SP1.

can any body help me
thanks
kamal
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    Kamal Mitwasi wrote:
    > hi,
    > i want to change the product key on a computer that we bought from DELL to
    > our windows volume licencsing key. i used the instruction that were on
    > microsoft website
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328874
    > (Title: "How to change the Volume Licensing product key on a Windows XP
    > SP1-based computer"), but it did not work.
    >
    > the version of windows on the DELL computer is windows xp with SP2
    > our version of windows which is a volume licencing is XP with SP1.
    >
    > can any body help me
    > thanks
    > kamal


    The method described to change the Product Key works only if you are
    changing from one VL key to another VL key. You're attempting to change
    the Product Key of an OEM installation to that of a Volume Licensed
    installation, and this cannot be done.

    Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of CD/license
    (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are purchased.
    For example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any retail
    version of WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice versa.
    An upgrade's Product Key cannot be used with a full version CD, and
    vice versa. An OEM Product Key will not work to install a retail
    product. An Italian Product Key will not work with an English CD.
    Bottom line: Product Keys and CD types cannot be mixed & matched.

    You'll need to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade)
    installation, using the VL CD and Product Key.

    How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341


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    He'll need a slipstreamed version of his VL to bring it up to SP2, as he
    stated the Dell OEM is SP2 and his VL is SP1, before an In-Place upgrade can
    take effect. As current state, it'll state the version on the PC is newer
    than the version he wishes to install.

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    "Bruce Chambers" <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OfKcizfSFHA.2424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Kamal Mitwasi wrote:
    >> hi,
    >> i want to change the product key on a computer that we bought from DELL
    >> to our windows volume licencsing key. i used the instruction that were on
    >> microsoft website
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328874
    >> (Title: "How to change the Volume Licensing product key on a Windows XP
    >> SP1-based computer"), but it did not work.
    >>
    >> the version of windows on the DELL computer is windows xp with SP2
    >> our version of windows which is a volume licencing is XP with SP1.
    >>
    >> can any body help me thanks kamal
    >
    >
    > The method described to change the Product Key works only if you are
    > changing from one VL key to another VL key. You're attempting to change
    > the Product Key of an OEM installation to that of a Volume Licensed
    > installation, and this cannot be done.
    >
    > Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of CD/license
    > (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are purchased. For
    > example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any retail version of
    > WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice versa. An upgrade's
    > Product Key cannot be used with a full version CD, and vice versa. An OEM
    > Product Key will not work to install a retail product. An Italian Product
    > Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom line: Product Keys and CD
    > types cannot be mixed & matched.
    >
    > You'll need to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade)
    > installation, using the VL CD and Product Key.
    >
    > How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
    > both at once. - RAH
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    He may want to uninstall sp2 from his oem version too, as if he insert the cd
    he may be blocked by a message telling that the vl is an older version

    "Star Fleet Admiral Q" wrote:

    > He'll need a slipstreamed version of his VL to bring it up to SP2, as he
    > stated the Dell OEM is SP2 and his VL is SP1, before an In-Place upgrade can
    > take effect. As current state, it'll state the version on the PC is newer
    > than the version he wishes to install.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your Service!
    >
    > http://www.google.com
    > Google is your "Friend"
    >
    > "Bruce Chambers" <bruce_a_chambers@h0tmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:OfKcizfSFHA.2424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > > Kamal Mitwasi wrote:
    > >> hi,
    > >> i want to change the product key on a computer that we bought from DELL
    > >> to our windows volume licencsing key. i used the instruction that were on
    > >> microsoft website
    > >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328874
    > >> (Title: "How to change the Volume Licensing product key on a Windows XP
    > >> SP1-based computer"), but it did not work.
    > >>
    > >> the version of windows on the DELL computer is windows xp with SP2
    > >> our version of windows which is a volume licencing is XP with SP1.
    > >>
    > >> can any body help me thanks kamal
    > >
    > >
    > > The method described to change the Product Key works only if you are
    > > changing from one VL key to another VL key. You're attempting to change
    > > the Product Key of an OEM installation to that of a Volume Licensed
    > > installation, and this cannot be done.
    > >
    > > Product Keys are bound to the specific type and language of CD/license
    > > (OEM, Volume, retail, full, or Upgrade) with which they are purchased. For
    > > example, a WinXP Home OEM Product Key won't work for any retail version of
    > > WinXP Home, or for any version of WinXP Pro, and vice versa. An upgrade's
    > > Product Key cannot be used with a full version CD, and vice versa. An OEM
    > > Product Key will not work to install a retail product. An Italian Product
    > > Key will not work with an English CD. Bottom line: Product Keys and CD
    > > types cannot be mixed & matched.
    > >
    > > You'll need to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade)
    > > installation, using the VL CD and Product Key.
    > >
    > > How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > Bruce Chambers
    > >
    > > Help us help you:
    > > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    > >
    > > You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
    > > both at once. - RAH
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    Star Fleet Admiral Q wrote:
    > He'll need a slipstreamed version of his VL to bring it up to SP2, as he
    > stated the Dell OEM is SP2 and his VL is SP1, before an In-Place upgrade can
    > take effect. As current state, it'll state the version on the PC is newer
    > than the version he wishes to install.
    >


    Good point. Thanks for covering my omission.


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    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
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    both at once. - RAH
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