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Not matching windows XP Key


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Hey Geeks :whistling:

My machine is a home edition OEM running SP2, once an idiot friend of mine installed a pirated XP Pro and i had to reformat to get XP Home back on there. When i checked my license key on the side of the computer it did not match to the one installed on the machine, though microsoft said i was running a legit version of xp (and still does). I deactivated windows and tried the key on the side and it did not work, so i just reactivated from the registry.

But my ID number or whatever it is still has OEM in it :

XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXX-XXXXX


WHAT IS GOING ON?




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If your computer is a branded one (that is, if it's from a major supplier - HP, Compaq, Packard Bell, etc) then it's quite common that the key used to install Windows varies from the key stuck on the side of the case. The manufacturers use what's known as a Volume License Key - that is, they are allowed by Microsoft to use the same key on every computer they send out instead of the one on the side of the case.
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I had to reinstall my version of XP using the license key on the top of my case. Over the last year or so it's changed to a totally different key...I've never changed it or attempted to change it as there's no need to, although the 'new' key is still legitimate and I still get all the XP updates :whistling:
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Same problem for me also, Windows was not genuine, could not get any updates because of it but i got in contact w/ Microsoft and they provided me with a new key no.
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