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Anonymous
August 23, 2004 10:49:02 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that time,
I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system disks but
upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a copy of
XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive problems
and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO disk and
registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just informed
me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no problems with
upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy but what
are my alternatives if it's not?
Anonymous
August 23, 2004 11:07:01 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

Sorry, I used the term "registration code" it should be "product key"

"Jim Deck" wrote:

> About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that time,
> I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system disks but
> upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a copy of
> XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive problems
> and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO disk and
> registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just informed
> me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
> Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no problems with
> upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy but what
> are my alternatives if it's not?
Anonymous
August 24, 2004 2:11:06 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

The following comes from the Windows XP Product Activation FAQ posted by
Microsoft. It appears that your options are to try to get a legitimate
version from the shop that supplied you with the illegal version, report
them to Microsoft's Anti piracy depart (address below) and or purchase a
legitimate version.
What should a customer do if they find they unwittingly acquired a pirated
copy of Windows XP? How can a customer acquire a legitimate license for
Windows XP if they find that theirs is pirated?
The customer should go back to the point of purchase and demand a refund or
a genuine copy of Windows XP. Customers can also contact Microsoft directly
at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/reporting/default.asp and report the
piracy.

Customers can acquire a legitimate copy of Windows XP from a trusted
retailer or PC manufacturer.

What are the product keys that are affected by this?
We are not publishing the product keys themselves, however the product IDs
generated from these product keys are (where X may be any numeric value):

a.. XXXXX-640-0000356-23XXX
b.. XXXXX-640-2001765-23XXX
The product ID can be found by right clicking on My Computer and choosing
Properties and viewing the General tab.


--

Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


"Jim Deck" <Jim Deck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:822B04ED-886A-4336-AE73-44695C370526@microsoft.com...
> About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that
> time,
> I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system disks
> but
> upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a copy
> of
> XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive problems
> and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO disk
> and
> registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just
> informed
> me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
> Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no problems
> with
> upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy but
> what
> are my alternatives if it's not?
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Anonymous
August 25, 2004 8:41:03 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

OK, so my desktop now has an illegal copy of XP Pro on it. I've confronted
the vendor, reported it to MS, and if I don't hear tomorrow from the vendor,
I'll call the BBB. So, must I purchase a full copy of XP (Home or Pro) or
will an upgrade suffice?

"Harry Ohrn" wrote:

> The following comes from the Windows XP Product Activation FAQ posted by
> Microsoft. It appears that your options are to try to get a legitimate
> version from the shop that supplied you with the illegal version, report
> them to Microsoft's Anti piracy depart (address below) and or purchase a
> legitimate version.
> What should a customer do if they find they unwittingly acquired a pirated
> copy of Windows XP? How can a customer acquire a legitimate license for
> Windows XP if they find that theirs is pirated?
> The customer should go back to the point of purchase and demand a refund or
> a genuine copy of Windows XP. Customers can also contact Microsoft directly
> at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/reporting/default.asp and report the
> piracy.
>
> Customers can acquire a legitimate copy of Windows XP from a trusted
> retailer or PC manufacturer.
>
> What are the product keys that are affected by this?
> We are not publishing the product keys themselves, however the product IDs
> generated from these product keys are (where X may be any numeric value):
>
> a.. XXXXX-640-0000356-23XXX
> b.. XXXXX-640-2001765-23XXX
> The product ID can be found by right clicking on My Computer and choosing
> Properties and viewing the General tab.
>
>
> --
>
> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>
>
> "Jim Deck" <Jim Deck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:822B04ED-886A-4336-AE73-44695C370526@microsoft.com...
> > About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that
> > time,
> > I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system disks
> > but
> > upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a copy
> > of
> > XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive problems
> > and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO disk
> > and
> > registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just
> > informed
> > me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
> > Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no problems
> > with
> > upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy but
> > what
> > are my alternatives if it's not?
>
>
>
Anonymous
August 26, 2004 1:59:20 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

Greetings --

If you want to continue using WinXP Pro and preserve the installed
applications, you'll need to purchase and use a _legitimate_ full
retail copy of WinXP Pro to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade)
installation, using the new CD and Product Key. You _might_ be able
to do the repair using a WinXP Pro Upgrade CD, but you would need to
have the installation CD for an earlier, qualifying OS, available to
insert when prompt to verify that you qualify for the upgrade license.

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

Purchasing WinXP Home, whether the full version or the upgrade,
would entail formatting the hard drive. There is no supported
downgrade path or technique.

Simply boot from the WinXP Home installation CD. You'll be
offered the opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as
part of the installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the
order of boot devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


Bruce Chambers
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"Jim Deck" <JimDeck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:596F4C57-108C-4C14-8B57-5432F1C7AD33@microsoft.com...
> OK, so my desktop now has an illegal copy of XP Pro on it. I've
> confronted
> the vendor, reported it to MS, and if I don't hear tomorrow from the
> vendor,
> I'll call the BBB. So, must I purchase a full copy of XP (Home or
> Pro) or
> will an upgrade suffice?
>
Anonymous
August 26, 2004 4:07:55 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

You can't legally use an Upgrade version unless you have a qualifying
product. The pirated version is not a qualifying product. You can upgrade XP
Pro to XP Home version as that is a downgrade. You will need a full retail
version of XP Pro to legally do a Repair Install or do a clean install with
an Upgrade version providing you have a qualifying product to satisfy the
request during setup. Qualifying products include Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000.
Which ever qualifying product you use with an XP Upgrade version must not be
installed on another system or you invalidate the upgrade path.

--

Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


"Jim Deck" <JimDeck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:596F4C57-108C-4C14-8B57-5432F1C7AD33@microsoft.com...
> OK, so my desktop now has an illegal copy of XP Pro on it. I've
> confronted
> the vendor, reported it to MS, and if I don't hear tomorrow from the
> vendor,
> I'll call the BBB. So, must I purchase a full copy of XP (Home or Pro) or
> will an upgrade suffice?
>
> "Harry Ohrn" wrote:
>
>> The following comes from the Windows XP Product Activation FAQ posted by
>> Microsoft. It appears that your options are to try to get a legitimate
>> version from the shop that supplied you with the illegal version, report
>> them to Microsoft's Anti piracy depart (address below) and or purchase a
>> legitimate version.
>> What should a customer do if they find they unwittingly acquired a
>> pirated
>> copy of Windows XP? How can a customer acquire a legitimate license for
>> Windows XP if they find that theirs is pirated?
>> The customer should go back to the point of purchase and demand a refund
>> or
>> a genuine copy of Windows XP. Customers can also contact Microsoft
>> directly
>> at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/reporting/default.asp and report the
>> piracy.
>>
>> Customers can acquire a legitimate copy of Windows XP from a trusted
>> retailer or PC manufacturer.
>>
>> What are the product keys that are affected by this?
>> We are not publishing the product keys themselves, however the product
>> IDs
>> generated from these product keys are (where X may be any numeric value):
>>
>> a.. XXXXX-640-0000356-23XXX
>> b.. XXXXX-640-2001765-23XXX
>> The product ID can be found by right clicking on My Computer and choosing
>> Properties and viewing the General tab.
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
>> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>>
>>
>> "Jim Deck" <Jim Deck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:822B04ED-886A-4336-AE73-44695C370526@microsoft.com...
>> > About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that
>> > time,
>> > I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system
>> > disks
>> > but
>> > upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a
>> > copy
>> > of
>> > XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive
>> > problems
>> > and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO disk
>> > and
>> > registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just
>> > informed
>> > me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
>> > Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no problems
>> > with
>> > upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy
>> > but
>> > what
>> > are my alternatives if it's not?
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
August 27, 2004 9:29:23 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

correction should read " you can not upgrade XP Pro to XP Home...."
sorry for the typo.

--

Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


"Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
news:o pWqJMziEHA.3016@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> You can't legally use an Upgrade version unless you have a qualifying
> product. The pirated version is not a qualifying product. You can upgrade
> XP Pro to XP Home version as that is a downgrade. You will need a full
> retail version of XP Pro to legally do a Repair Install or do a clean
> install with an Upgrade version providing you have a qualifying product to
> satisfy the request during setup. Qualifying products include Windows
> 9x/Me/NT/2000. Which ever qualifying product you use with an XP Upgrade
> version must not be installed on another system or you invalidate the
> upgrade path.
>
> --
>
> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>
>
> "Jim Deck" <JimDeck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:596F4C57-108C-4C14-8B57-5432F1C7AD33@microsoft.com...
>> OK, so my desktop now has an illegal copy of XP Pro on it. I've
>> confronted
>> the vendor, reported it to MS, and if I don't hear tomorrow from the
>> vendor,
>> I'll call the BBB. So, must I purchase a full copy of XP (Home or Pro)
>> or
>> will an upgrade suffice?
>>
>> "Harry Ohrn" wrote:
>>
>>> The following comes from the Windows XP Product Activation FAQ posted by
>>> Microsoft. It appears that your options are to try to get a legitimate
>>> version from the shop that supplied you with the illegal version, report
>>> them to Microsoft's Anti piracy depart (address below) and or purchase a
>>> legitimate version.
>>> What should a customer do if they find they unwittingly acquired a
>>> pirated
>>> copy of Windows XP? How can a customer acquire a legitimate license for
>>> Windows XP if they find that theirs is pirated?
>>> The customer should go back to the point of purchase and demand a refund
>>> or
>>> a genuine copy of Windows XP. Customers can also contact Microsoft
>>> directly
>>> at http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/reporting/default.asp and report the
>>> piracy.
>>>
>>> Customers can acquire a legitimate copy of Windows XP from a trusted
>>> retailer or PC manufacturer.
>>>
>>> What are the product keys that are affected by this?
>>> We are not publishing the product keys themselves, however the product
>>> IDs
>>> generated from these product keys are (where X may be any numeric
>>> value):
>>>
>>> a.. XXXXX-640-0000356-23XXX
>>> b.. XXXXX-640-2001765-23XXX
>>> The product ID can be found by right clicking on My Computer and
>>> choosing
>>> Properties and viewing the General tab.
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
>>> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>>>
>>>
>>> "Jim Deck" <Jim Deck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>> news:822B04ED-886A-4336-AE73-44695C370526@microsoft.com...
>>> > About a year ago, I took my computer into a shop for repairs. At that
>>> > time,
>>> > I was running an XP Home upgrade from ME. The shop lost my system
>>> > disks
>>> > but
>>> > upgraded me to XP Pro. Only after much pressure, did they give me a
>>> > copy
>>> > of
>>> > XP Pro with a registration number. So, now I'm having hard drive
>>> > problems
>>> > and take the system to a more reputable shop along with the XP PRO
>>> > disk
>>> > and
>>> > registration number. They are replacing my hard drive and have just
>>> > informed
>>> > me that when they reloaded XP PRO, they couldn't upgrade because the
>>> > Registration number was invalid. Prior to this time, I had no
>>> > problems
>>> > with
>>> > upgrades. I'm hoping the registration number provided was a miscopy
>>> > but
>>> > what
>>> > are my alternatives if it's not?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>
!