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I reinstalled Windows XP Pro because I was not able to boot it up, that might have been stupid on my part.
I wrote down the CD key I had on a .txt file in a hard drive that's not on the operating system.
I installed with dummy key, assuming I will be able to put my previous working key in after installation.
I tried activating it with previously valid key. It does not accept it. It is the same computer, same machine.

The only difference is that I've installed Windows XP again, I am unable to access some files from my previous User Name in Documents and Settings due to access denied, even though I know the password, but that's not the main issue.

Anyone know any way to fix this? I have in my possession a valid key that I used on this machine to download the new internet explorer and receive regular updates from microsoft.
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If a key won't activate over the Internet you can activate it by telephone, in most areas its a free phone number, just call it up and follow the instructions.
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