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XP Media Centre Edition 2005 - Won't let me change to a legit CD k


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Dominicc2003

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Hey everyone, this is my problem:

A partition of my laptops harddrive went wrong and ended up with me losing everything on my hard drive - this included a norton ghost backup install of my windows XP media centre edition (was on another partition which was also ruined).
Since I didn't have an installation CD (the ghost partition was what Dell thought was necessary...), I borrowed a PIRATE CD from a friend (I have a windows key changer called "WinKeyFinder 1.70" so I thought I could re-register it to my legit key after install).

So I install XP Media Centre Edition 2005 on my laptop, restore the files that I had pre-backed up and opened WinKeyFinder. I entered my key, making sure that I didn't make any mistakes, and clicked "change key" - I just got an error which said I must have entered an invalid CD key. Maybe mine is just for OEM editions or something?


Anyway, I would like help which consists of me getting successfuly activated (preferrably using my legit key) without having to install a different version of XP Media centre...


PS My laptop is about 14 months old (a guess) and is a Dell Inspiron 6400. I live in the UK.


Thanks :)
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Maybe mine is just for OEM editions or something?

that's the deal...the versions don't match..you'll need to contact dell and explain the problem and have them send you the dell recovery disks that match your system...or you'll have to go out and legally purchase a retail version of XP MCE
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Maybe mine is just for OEM editions or something?

that's the deal...the versions don't match..you'll need to contact dell and explain the problem and have them send you the dell recovery disks that match your system...or you'll have to go out and legally purchase a retail version of XP MCE


So there's no other workaround whatsoever?

Thanks for the info so far,
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nope none....those are the only two options
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