Right I have a standard Acer tower PC with Windows XP Pro installed, it has the usual Microsoft sticker on the side with a product code on it as expected. Now the chap who owned this had a problem a few months ago and sent it back to Acer who, he says, reinstalled Windows but now he gets the dreaded Genuine Advantage notification saying his copy is not.
So I use Keyfinder and find the Windows key is nothing like the one on the sticker, I try the inbuilt change product code but it fails. I look on Knowledgebase and find the article giving the two methods i.e. via Registry or scripts. Choose to do the former which lets you get to Activation Wizard where you can choose telephone activation and enter a new product key but that also says it is invalid so I try to get an installation code and it refuses to give me anything. So I ring the Product Activation number and tell them and they put me on to Customer Support.
Customer Support actually validate the product code on the sticker and tell me to go to a web page to run an update routine from an asp page (sorry can't remember the link). Firstly this validates my files but fails saying the wininit.dll file is corrupt but I can carry on at my risk(?!) so I enter the correct key again and it starts the process, it gets 70% done then stops so I leave it running over night but it doesn't move so it is obviously not working so crash it out.
So there I am I have a valid key but I can't get the [bleep] thing into Windows and I don't particularly want to reinstall everything so anybody got any ideas? I very much suspect if I contact Microsoft again they will tell me to reinstall (having waited hours!) Any thoughts gratefully received, many thanks.