Unlock key for XP SP2 rejected

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rickdude40, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. rickdude40 macrumors newbie

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    I've just installed a copy of XP sp2 on my macbook pro using the Bootcamp setup, and as far as I can tell it all went well. My problem is that now I have a popup saying that I have 30 days to unlock the product. The copy I used is one that came with the pc that I bought several years ago, and the key is the one on my pc. Because I purchased the xp copy with my previous pc I don't think I'm doing anything inapropriate, is there a way to unlock this software for my mac, or do I have to purchase a new copy?
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    If the key came with the PC then it's likely OEM. This means it's tied to the mainboard in that system.

    If it's a retail key then you can phone Microsoft and get them to reset the activation.
     
  3. rickdude40 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well this copy of XP did come with a Dell pc that I purchased 4 or 5 years ago, does this mean that I'm out of luck? Do I have any other options or do I need to purchase a new copy of XP?
     
  4. OllyW Moderator

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    Even if if you have got an OEM copy, you can phone Microsoft and get them to reset the activation. Just tell them your PC broke and you have had a replacement motherboard fitted and they should give you an activation code.
     
  5. rickdude40 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, so I called in to Microsoft and explained that I was having a problem getting my key to work, they asked a few questions to verify that I was indeed the registered owner. After that they walked me through with a new key and all is good. Thanks for the help. Cheers.
     

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