Reinstalling Windows XP: Activation Issues

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  1. Jonathan Archer Captain

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    Hi.

    I was using Windows XP Pro OEM since 2003. Over the weekend, I decided to buy a bigger capacity HDD to replace my old one. So, I reinstalled the Windows XP Pro OEM onto my new HDD.

    Problem arose when I tried to activate it. Whenever I keyed in the serial number, it came out as "Incorrect Product Code". Why is it doing this?
     
  2. Kable24 Member of the NRA

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    You may have typed it incorrectly.
     
  3. black_dust FrEaK-A-ZoId!!!

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    Yeah make sure you have it in right, those 8`s look like B`s half the time :D
     
  4. Jonathan Archer Captain

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    Nope. Typed the numbers in with surgical precision. Still no dice.
     
  5. black_dust FrEaK-A-ZoId!!!

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    Sure you have the right disk with the right code?
     
  6. Drakon I got a rock.

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    You might be better off using the bigger one as storage instead of being your Windows HDD, if you keep having trouble. Just fix the jumper to make it a slave, and from there attach it to the IDE ribbon.
     
  7. Jonathan Archer Captain

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    The disc and the code must be the same? I can't install from a disc and activate it using a product key from another?

    That's probably it. I lost my old OEM installation disc but I still have the product key sticker. I installed using another disc.

    The old disc is corrupted.
    I think it's a Republican :p
     

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