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I did a very stupid thing. I have 2 XP Pro cds, one is genuine and one is not. Both cds look the same. Here's what I did.

I accidently installed windows xp(Not a genuine copy) and did a dual boot with Redhat which took me hours to complete. After configuring everything. I wanted to upgrade my windows to sp2. I put the cd in and it loads for about 5 minutes, then a popup comes up and says something about:

"Fail to install SP2, the windows xp you installed recently does not have a valid key"

I wanted to try and fix this problem so I went here:

http://www.microsoft...en/default.mspx

^ I went to the above website to try and validate my key but it failed. It said the copy of my windows is not genuine. Yes I know that I did a very big mistake choosing the wrong XP cd to install, it's just that Redhat kinda got in the way and that I was in a rush.

But yea, if there's a way to fix this then please let me know. If not then I guess I just have to uninstall it and get a real copy of Windows XP Pro.

The thing is I don't know the procedure to uninstall windows and still keep my copy of Redhat linux intact.

Here's what I want to do. I want to uninstall my fake [bleep] wannabe windows and install another one that's a genuine copy without fiddeling/destroying Redhat. Is there a way to do this?
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Please read the complete article but it could be this part is the mos applicable

http://support.micro....com/kb/328874/

Use the Activation Wizard

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

If you have only a few volume licensing product keys to change, you can use the Activation Wizard.

Note Microsoft recommends that you run System Restore to create a new restore point before you follow these steps. For information about how to create a restore point by using System Restore, see the "To Create a Restore Point" help topic in Help and Support.

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

3. In the left pane, locate and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents

4. In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify.

5. Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows.

6. Click Start, and then click Run.

7. In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK.

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

8. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next.

9. Click Change Product key.

10. Type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click Update.

If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me later, and then restart the computer.

11. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to verify that Windows is activated. You receive the following message:
Windows is already activated. Click OK to exit.

12. Click OK.

13. Install Windows XP SP1 or a later version of Windows XP.

If you cannot restart Windows after you install Windows XP SP1 or a later version of Windows XP, press F8 when you restart the computer, select Last Known Good Configuration, and then repeat this procedure.
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Thanks Keith, problem is solved :whistling:
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Thank You for letting me know
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