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Why does the product key on the outside of the laptop give "invalid product key"

Q: Why does the product key on the outside of the laptop give "invalid product key"

I have a toshbiba Satellite L750-1XK and managed to get a Windows 7 Installation Install Disc as the owner of the laptop did not make a recovery disk. The owner reported that the laptop would not startup and when i looked at it the hard disk had stopped
spinning.
I brought and fitted the new disk drive and booted up from the CD and installed windows 7 64bit software. All went well untill i entered the product code from the sticker on the bottom of the laptop and was informed that the product key was invalid. The
operating system has installed and is running ok BUT the network controller has not installed and as such I cant get the laptop on to the internet to get any further.
I did try to get a disk from toshiba but there web site says that windows 7 is not supported so i cant get one from there.
Why does the product key come up as invalid?

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Preferred Solution: Why does the product key on the outside of the laptop give "invalid product key"

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I bought a used laptop at a pawn shop with Windows xp. I tried installing SP2, but I get the following error message:
"Windows XP Service Pack 2 can not install. The product key used to install Microsoft Windows may not be valid........"
I have a valid CD Key, in my possession. I have heard that I can change the current cd key to another one through the registry. Does anyone know how to do this?

F.
 

A:Solved: Getting "invalid product key...." message when installing WXP SP2

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When it asks for your product key when installing xp pro that is the number on the pc? It is saying it is invalid....any help???

A:Invalid Product ID when trying to install xp pro on "killed" computer

It's the number on your XP pro disc (or on the case/sleeve, whatever it came in)

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Someone brought me a pc to fix... I opened it up and it had no hard drive... but inside there was a PCI fax/modem thingie w/its install CD, and a burned copy of Windows XP Pro w/SP1, and the product key code was written on it. I have several hard drives to reformat, so I thought it would come in handy and tried it on one, but didn't get very far!

{Note: I originally installed the virus infected hard drive as secondary in my pc and cleaned it. When I made it primary, it did boot up AND start Windows... I made the mistake of "not" chkg & writing the previous product key before trying to reinstall XP.}

I booted from the CD, and chose "Repair Windows XP" versus a complete install. Everything went fine and it restarted... up until the "product key" status. The key code written on the CD came up as "invalid".
(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Now I have a hard drive that automatically reverts to the EXACT spot where I left off EVERY time, which is the product key entry window. Is it possible to revert the hard drive to its previous version of XP?
What are my options at this point?
(Help?)
~Rosa~
 

A:"invalid" product key at reinstall...

Please read the TSG Rules about illegal activities. We don't assist with illegal software installations.
 

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I wanna dual boot Windows 8 Consumer Preview with my existing OS, Windows 7 Home Premium. I have created the necessary partitions and also created the bootable pendrive from the ISO downloaded.

When I begin the installation, everything goes fine until the Product Key screen comes up. I have tried 'NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8' and 'DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J' but I get an error message saying 'We couldn't verify the product key. Check the installation media'
When I enter a random product key like '00000-00000-00000-00000-00000' it gives a message saying that the product key is wrong, but when I enter the correct product key I get the error message which I have put in bold statements above.

What shall I do? Please help.

Regards,
Abhishek Sharma

A:Windows 8 Product Key Error: "We couldn't verify the product key"

Hello Abhishek, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The latest version of Windows 8 is currently the Release Preview. You might consider installing it instead.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3997-windows-8-release-preview-download.html

Hope this may help,
Shawn

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Hi friends Bobby Light here!

I keep getting this error message "The windows 7 product key you typed is invalid for activation"

I purchased my version of Win7pro from a "friend" and he said the code should work but it is not... I asked him for more help and he said he is unavailable at this time.

Real Quick Question... is this pop up just going to keep popping up or at some phase stage does the whole system lock down? And I can not get into my stuff at all with no recourse at some point. Many thanks and I guess I just want to know what happens if you just keep ignoring the pop up. Says I need to activate but what if I simply don't?

Best regards,
Bobby Light

A:Quick Question: The windows 7 product key is invalid for activation"

In order to completely troubleshoot Windows validation & activation issues, please perform the following:

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

2. Run the tool, and then click Copy - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the tool here in your next reply

More detail: Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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After doing the upgrade from Windows 10 Education 1511 to 1607, Settings > Update & security > Activation, switched from "activated with a product key" to Activated with a Digital License".
Activation has changed with the upgrade to 1607.
To clarify what I'm talking about I'll add some info.
I originally installed Windows 10 Education 1511 with my MSDN Retail key. Settings > Update & security > Activation would show "Activated with a Product key" and show the last 5 digits of the key I used to activate it.
After it upgrading via Windows update, it now says "Activated with a digital License tied to your Microsoft account". It has witched to a Digital license?

As a test, I did clean install of Windows 10 Education 1511 on a PC that never had that version installed on it. I did a " I don't have a key" option and it installed and showed as not activated.
I then entered one of my Retail MSDN keys and activated it. It then showed as "Activated with a product code" in Settings > Update & security > Activation.
I then did a clean install on that same PC, with a " I don't have a key" option and it showed as not activated. If it had a DL it would have activated automatically.
I then entered my MSDN key and activated it. It showed activated with a product key as before. To me that indicates it does not have a digital entitlement.
As one last test, I installed windows 10 Education 1511 with... Read more

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After doing the upgrade from Windows 10 Education 1511 to 1607, Settings > Update & security > Activation, switched from "activated with a product key" to Activated with a Digital License".
Activation has changed with the upgrade to 1607.
To clarify what I'm talking about I'll add some info.
I originally installed Windows 10 Education 1511 with my MSDN Retail key. Settings > Update & security > Activation would show "Activated with a Product key" and show the last 5 digits of the key I used to activate it.
After it upgrading to 1607 via Windows update, it now says "Activated with a digital License tied to your Microsoft account". It has switched to a Digital license?

As a test, I did clean install of Windows 10 Education 1511 on a PC that never had that version installed on it. I did a " I don't have a key" option and it installed and showed as not activated.
I then entered one of my Retail MSDN keys and activated it. It then showed as "Activated with a product code" in Settings > Update & security > Activation.
I then did a clean install on that same PC, with a " I don't have a key" option and it showed as not activated. If it had a DL it would have activated automatically.
I then entered my MSDN key and activated it. It showed activated with a product key as before. To me that indicates it does not have a digital entitlement.
As one last test, I installed windows 10 Education ... Read more

A:Activation switched from "with product key" to "with Digital License"

I don't know if this helps, but both of these were activated with MSDN keys then upgraded later to 14393

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My friend has Vista OS and Ms Office XP-Small Business (Powerpoint not included) version on her laptop.
We bought the version of Office XP (below) for her to be able to get/ download Powerpoint only. Both the seller and Microsoft Customer Service said that that can be done and that it will work on Vista, and to just choose custom install.

(What we bought: Microsoft Office XP Standard 2002 Upgrade NEW
original cd, box, manual sealed in plastic clamshell
Compatible with Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
upgrade requires previous version of office 97 or 2000
Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

When she puts in the Office XP CD and chooses "Install or Run program", and goes thru those normal beginning steps, including putting the product key in the spaces, a message then comes up saying, "can’t find qualifying products" on the hard drive. How do we get this part of the installation process to recognize that she already has Office XP or is there another issue going on?
 

A:Solved: problem of OfficeXP upgrade recognizing "qualifying product"

Hi and welcome. You've reported that you found the solution, if you would be so kind as to post it, it will benefit others in the future. Thanks.
 

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I have a question I hope someone can help me with.

I bought Windows 10 Pro License / Product Key cheap on Ebay.
I have verified it is a VOLUME_MAK Type Product Key.

I downloaded my ISO direct from Microsoft.

Installed and Activated ? no problems.

I am aware that MS could deactivate because re-sale of this type key is not permitted. I am not concerned with that. I am more concerned with the person I bought it from being able to gain access to my machine. So here is my question.


Question: Can the person who sold me this VOLUME_MAK Type Product Key use it somehow to gain access to my machine?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Can Seller Of "VOLUME_MAK Type Product Key" gain access to my system?

What you have done is software piracy. You cannot even defence yourself by telling you didn't know it's illegal, you knew very well that a volume activation key is not for resale.

Our forum rules strictly forbids all conversation about piracy. I have reported your post to administrators.

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A new problem since last 2 weeks:

I have Microsoft windows defender installed.
In Vista's Reliability and Performance Monitor, I continually get this message:"The security center has not recorded an anti-spyware product."
on control panel->security, defender is recognized!
the defender update/work fine...
how do i get rid of the above "error" in In Vista's Reliability and Performance Monitor?
Thanks in advance.
ps-i do not use MSE

A:"The security center has not recorded an anti-spyware product."

Hello prukeyhi, I think this old thread may hold the answers you need

System Health [Diagnostic] Report doesn't recognise avast! anti-virus, as installed.

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Hi All,
I am trying to create a USB recovery media for my Dell laptop using my ServiceTag (Inspiron 15r <Service tag removed>). I need this recovery media to reinstall and see if that helps with the laptop boot issue, that I am experiencing currently.
I am experiencing "No OS Images defined for the Product" error for the said Service Tag in Dell OS Recovery Tool.
Any idea on how do i get this resolved? Thanks.

A:"No OS Images defined for the Product" - Dell OS Recovery Tool.

Contact Dell directly. You will have to pay $.
You were suppose to create back backup on a USB flash drive when you first got your laptop. Too late now.

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I'm deploying our Windows 10 company image through MDT. One of the steps i do is enter the windows key through a command line custom task. The problem I run into is that I keep getting the "Installed product key successfully message" dialog box to come up which stalls the rest of my task sequence and forces user intervention.
The command line I'm using - which I thought would prevent any confirmation boxes - is:

slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /VERYSILENT /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES

Unfortunately this doesn't seem to work. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can clear this message automatically, suppress it from even popping up or if I'm doing something wrong, what the correct command is?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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This is what I get when I click the Norton Icon, and Norton does not open up. Any suggestions, please?

Thanks!,
Thee
 

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Vista won't install the drivers for my X-Fi XtremeGamer, when I try to run setup, it gives this error message: Setup is unable to detect a supported product on your system. Setup will now exit.

I just uninstalled older drivers to install new ones, so I think the card itself is still OK.

Does anyone know a solution?

Cheers,
Axon

A:"Setup is unable to detect a supported product on your system."

Never mind, I fixed it, my sound card wasn't inserted well enough in the PCI slot.

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I have XP with service pack 2 already installed. I tried installing sp3, following all the guidelines about being an administrator, closing all programs, disabling virus scanners and such, but consistently get this "internal error" as soon as the installation starts. The event viewer doesn't say anything useful, but according to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949384/ this is a problem with a funky product id. The solution is a problem for me, though.

The solution says I should go to the System Properties to get the product id. Well an abstraction of that product id is 69831-xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx. Then it tells me to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\Key-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, and work with the fields in there. It predicts that there might be more than one key conforming to that format, and there is. It says I should pick the key that has the same ProductID as found in the System Properties, but they both have the same id and it isn't what I found in System Properties, it's 55285-xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx. What do I do now? I have one product id in System Properties, and another that appears in two keys in the registry.

Here's my SysInfo:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+, x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1023 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 , 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 103936 MB, Free - 25331 MB; D... Read more

A:Solved: Installing SP3: "internal error", but can't repair product id

Try installing sp3 in safemode.
 

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Just discovered that the Win 7 Professional Retail Version I purchased, downloaded & installed has a bogus product key. I've since ordered a genuine Win 7 copy. When it arrives, can I just enter the new product key into the existing system without reinstalling Win 7 again, following the "change product key" instructions? If not, is there a way to do this without a reinstall?
THANKS.....Lee

A:New product key to replace invalid product key

Hello Lee,

As long as you purchased a retail Windows 7 Pro, then yes you should be able to just change the key to the new one to activate with it.

Product Key Number - Change

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I've recently wanted to install 'Rome: Total War' onto my computer, the installation works fine up until right at the very end [very annoying!], the installation decides to stick/crash on 'publishing product information' and then it closes out of the blue, and all my installation files are deleted, Some help would be really appreciated in helping me try to solve this.

Notes
The installation works on a copy of windows Xp without service pack 2, but as soon as i install windows server pack 2, the problem just re-appears, im guessing my problem has to do something with the installation of windows server pack 2.

I've tried ALOT of things to try and solve this issue, including searching the internet [most of the seem to be VERY old threads from late 2004 about this exact issue] and following installshields advice and other peoples ideas on how to solve this issue, but no solution has seemed to pop up for me.

All help is appreciated, and feel free to ask me for more information if you require it!

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where I teach, I use some computers that are donated from local businesses. They come through a third party that distributes them, so I have no idea where they originally came from.

Two of them are now coming up with messages saying that my OS (Win2000 pro) is 'NOT GENUINE." I get these messages constantly. I checked their FAQ's and all of it, and there is no solution for me other than spending $149, which I will not do. Their FAQ's do not address the issue of someone using a donated computer and I can't get the messages to stop; it's not like I can uncheck them in startup or anything. I tried System Restore but it won't allow me to do that any more.

Is there any hope for me? If I install a new Win2000 Pro over the top (as opposed to a clean install), will I still keep my apps? I simply can't go through a full install right now, and have to reinstall every app and every file...

any ideas anyone?
 

A:"counterfeit vs. Genuine Microsoft Product" message

Do you know the contacts of the supplier of which produced your computers? If you do, I highly suggest you contact them to see whether they use bona fide Windows OEM installations or not. If not, you can try and call Microsoft and explain your situation.

Unfortunately, you're still going to have to pay $149 to get a bona fide Windows CD to replace the "ungeniune" one. I'm not exactly sure how a Windows installation works (as I specialise more in Macs and Linux boxes), so I don't know if you would have to do a complete erase; however, you should always backup your data before you do any install/replace.

Hope this helps.
 

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Dear Microsoft,

I would be very much interested in an operating system and product that is command line centric and geared towards IT professionals and highly skilled home users. I think their will be a greater resurgence of command line centered tools in the future for network administration, database administration ( data access much like Oracles SQL Plus tool), and home, small office batch processing tools, mainly due to security, propriety of information, ego, and a whole host of other issues.

If you were to offer this command line tool specifically, a whole new breed of shortcuts should be added for virtually every command... such as "ipc" or "ic /a" for ip config (ip config /all) etc just to cite one example.

This new software should come pre-packaged with Widows Word, Excel, and a Multi-Relational Database built right in, but scaled down a bit as not to affect Sales of your popular Server based "Windows SQL Server" Product Lines". Anyways, I just think there would be a huge market for a product like this. I&#8217;m saying, yes there will be software, and GUI's available for applications administered from the command line, but the heart of the system should be command line based (in the spirit of your old DOS based systems) and be used to manage small home networks, and small business networks, that can suffice with perhaps smaller scale data delivery systems, that companies will find useful. But here&#8217;s the clinc... Read more

A:Product Suggestions for Microsoft "Windows Orion" 2.3k, 2.4k, 2.5k etc...

i guess I was just in a creative mood when i wrote this. Anyways, I was just hoping this would invite, or create a discussion, centered on what people wish windows should or could do for future development. Im not an expert yet (networking student), and after further review of my comments... i realize that since there already so many offerings, of the above ideas that are already open source, and free for use, it probably would never be necessary to create such an offering. However... it would be cool if some of the windows command line shell "commands" had shorter acronyms. -t
 

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We bought Microsoft office for our old computer about two weeks ago. We now have a laptop instead... and the product key is showing "invalid." We spent about an hour trying different things, and it's just not working.

We're trying to get this to work on a Sony Vaio running XP professional.

Any ideas??

Thanks..
 

A:New laptop, new MS Office, invalid product key??

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My computer recently crashed; I didn't pay attention to the first message because, like most people, I'm constantly getting an error message of some type so I didn't pay much attention to this one - until the screen requested the installation CD to be run. When I did that, setup began, running through the initial processes until the "installing windows" segment - when I received the following message:

Fatal Error: An error has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing. Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information. Press OK to view the setup log file.

Pressing OK, I read:
Error: The signature for Windows XP Home Edition upgrade is invalid. The error code is fffffdda. The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffdda in the message file for syssetup.dll.

Fatal Error: Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information.

Error: (same as above)
Fatal Error: (same as above)

Fatal Error: One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. The operation was cancelled by the user.
Fatal Error: (same as immediately above)

The error and fatal error messages then return to the initial two messages listed above - repeated several times.

Pressing OK restarts the system and the process happens all over again. I do have a valid copy of WinNT which was preinsta... Read more

A:Fatal Error message: "failed to install product catalogs" - complete system shutdown

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I recently got this little alert in my system trey with a ballon tip saying my computer is infected with something. Clicking on the icon takes me to some website for some scaning software.

I have run ad-ware which detects nothing, but kick started AVG to detect several trojans. Runing hijack this didn't bring up anything too alarming (fixed a few things which didn't resolve it - see bellow for most reset scan/log), ran ad-aware vx2, nothing, windoss "defender" nothing, spybot which detected a few things but didn't fix it, cwshreder, again nothing. So I'm really not sure where to go next.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:37:17 PM, on 23/02/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5299.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CNAB3RPK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Telstra\Cable Login\bpcable.exe
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A:Solved: "You computer is infected" now buy our product...

* Click here to download smitRem.exe.
Save the file to your desktop.
It is a self extracting file.
Doubleclick the smitRem.exe and it will extract the files to a smitRem folder on your desktop.
Do not do anything with it yet. You will run the RunThis.bat file later in safe mode.

* Download the trial version of Ewido Security Suite here.
Install ewido.
During the installation, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background guard" and "Install scan via context menu".
Launch ewido
It will prompt you to update click the OK button and it will go to the main screen
On the left side of the main screen click update
Click on Start and let it update.
DO NOT run a scan yet. You will do that later in safe mode.
* Click here for info on how to boot to safe mode if you don't already know how.
* Now copy these instructions to notepad and save them to your desktop. You will need them to refer to in safe mode.
* Restart your computer into safe mode now. Perform the following steps in safe mode:
* Open the smitRem folder, then double click the RunThis.bat file to start the tool. Follow the prompts on screen.
Wait for the tool to complete and disk cleanup to finish.
* Run Ewido:
Click on scanner
Click Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
During the scan it will prompt you to clean files, click OK
When the scan is finished, look at the bottom of the screen and click the Save report button.
Save the report to your desktop
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Every time I log on to my computer, I get a warning message from Symantec that, "Some Symantec product settings have been changed by an unauthorized program. This can indicate that an attacker or a virus is attempting to disable your protection. To avoid problems, settings will be reverted to the previous configuration and your system will be restarted. Click OK to continue."

Well, first, after clicking OK, the system is not (thankfully) restarted. Second, when I click on the "Symantec Technical Support Knowledge Base" link, it takes me to an explanation that is similar, but not exactly my problem. It suggests rerunning LiveUpdate. I have. I still get the stupid message.

I'm using Norton Systemworks 2003 on a Windows 2000 machine.

Any ideas how I can get this to go away?
 

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http://iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

This is the new 3.1 version of iobit's fabulous advanced windows care. it works fabulous and has great new tools for speeding up mozilla firefox. http://www.addictinggames.com/index loads instantaniously now on my pc. really works great. this is a must try.

Let me know how it works for you.
 

A:I found a great "new" product..... its free too!

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I purchased a product key from OfficeMax a while back and installed Windows 8 Pro onto my computer no issue at all. However, after my recent purchase of a SSD, I reinstalled my Windows 8 using the same disc and product key, but to no avail. It said my product key had been banned.

The only thing I did differently was try to use a different email address during setup than I used the first time. Does that really ban your product key?

Do I just need to call microsoft?

A:"Banned" Product Key after re-installation?

Hello Gage,

Usually that indicates that the product key had already been added to the blacklist on Microsoft's activation servers as an invalidated key for one reason or another. Usually, due to piracy.

About all you can do is call Microsoft using the number to activate by phone to see what they say.

Activate Windows 8 by Phone

If it's blocked for good, then I think I would be going back to OfficeMax armed with what Microsoft tells you demanding another product key.

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i'm building my first pc and was on pricewatch searching for cpus. i've narrowed it down to either a pentium 4/2.0 or 1.8GHz. But I noticed some of the descriptions say "without memory", a few specifically saying RDRAM. I wasn't sure if they were referring to some type of new memory on the chip itself (aside from the cache) or the memory that will be installed on the motherboard. When I saw RDRAM, I thought they were probably referring to the memory on the motherboard. could someone please explain what the "without memory" means?

thanks in advance.
 

A:seeing product descriptions saying "cpu w/o memory"?

There are two basic types of RAM, well actually three now. RDRAM is the most expensive type, and a few motherboards use it. IMO, I'd steer clear of it. DDR is SDRAM that is double speed, which is what goes into most new P4 systems nowadays, with ratings like PC2100, PC2700, etc. Finally SDRAM DIMM memory is what used to be common, it's the PC100, PC133, etc. memory. Another wrinkle with DDR or DIMM SDRAM is registered vs. non-registered.

The w/o RAM just means you're buying a MB and processor, you need to buy the RAM. If you buy such a MB, make sure you know specifically what memory it requires, and if it's registered or non-registered.
 

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I get a box pop up on boot up that read product not instailled any idea? and anything else that sould not be there? Here is a hijack this log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:26:23 PM, on 8/18/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Borland\InterBase\bin\ibguard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\srvany.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\pvsw\bin\w3dbsmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Borland\InterBase\bin\ibserver.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hphmon06.exe
C:\hp\drivers\hplsbwatcher\lsburnwatcher.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ALCWZRD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\ALCMTR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
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A:Solved: Help plz "product not instailled"

Run HJT again and put a check in the following:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AFiCZ] C:\WINDOWS\uysmlslu.exe

Close all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".

Please download the OTMoveIt by OldTimer.

Save it to your desktop.
Please double-click OTMoveIt.exe to run it.
Copy the file paths below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy):

C:\WINDOWS\uysmlslu.exe
Return to OTMoveIt, right click on the "Paste List of Files/Folders to be moved" window and choose Paste.
Click the red Moveit! button.
Close OTMoveIt
If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes.
Why is there no anit-virus program running on your machine?
 

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Hey guys,

so I've just got my windows7 Home premium and Im trying to installing it on my mac. i get to the stage were it asks for my product key and when i type it in it says "Product Key does not match current SKU". Ive double checked and the product key matched the 32bit Home premium windows7 i installed. any suggestions on how i can get this fixed?

Thanks a lot, appreciate it.

A:"Product Key does not match current SKU"

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell

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Hello,
I have searched the knowledge-base and Google to try and find an answer to this to no avail. Sorry if I am missing something obvious here.
Can you tell me if there is a problem using a new Windows product key when capturing an image that had a different product key to begin with.
Our institution was provided with a new product key after the previous one was suspected compromised.  I have recently updated this image and updated the answerfile with the new product key.  However, after applying the new image the PC reports
that Windows is not genuine.  
Can anyone shed any light on why this is and if there is a way to fix it?
Thanks!

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I recently bought an ASUS X54C-BBK5, an entry-level laptop if there ever was one, and it came with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 pre-installed.

However, I installed a 60GB Corsair SSD. It is insanely fast. I used the Windows 7 Home Premium x64 install disc in our office (as this laptop didn't come with media) and got Windows installed in under 20 minutes. I then used the product key on the bottom of the computer to activate it. Okay. No problem. Installed lots of updates. Installed MSE. These all require Genuine Windows.

About four days later, it starts popping up with a notification that "this product key cannot be used for activation." What gives? I intentionally paid for a computer that came with a product key, and it liked it initially - what changed?

I will not purchase a new product key. That would end up being half the price of the laptop and I cannot afford that.

What options do I have?

note: I work in an office where we repair students' computers and we frequently need to re-install OS, which is why we have so much OEM unactivated media.

A:Product Key "can't be used" for activation - why?

You just need to use the phone option and if they ask tell them you put a new ssd in it and reformatted.
IF the key is valid they will give you a unlock code, and if you ever have to reformat again there should be no problem after that. Hardware profiling is part of how they connect the key to a specific person/computer.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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problem is when I was buy a dell laptop that have come with preloaded os (windows 8 )I have available product id but product key not available. now my head drive damaged. Now how to load window 8 OS use previous product key.


How to now my product key using product id :00326-10000-00000-AA870

One time I was replace motherboard on that  laptop on warrienty periode. that time they give me a window product key with seal pack. now when I will go to load window 8 useing that product key my laptop has not accepet that product key

pls solve inform me how to load os on my laptop

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ok so my product key on my laptop base is XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-KVWXP
but the one that windows reports(useing slmgr.vbs -dli in run command) end in KKMRQ also tweakVI also reports this(with a totaly different key but ending in KKMRQ) why has this happened im confused as to why its like this. thanks
 

A:product key: sticker on laptop key is different from actual product key???

The product key is encrypted in the Registry, so maybe one of those commands/utilities has the wrong encryption algorithm.

If you bought new the key on the sticker on the laptop is your personal unique key and the one in the system is the OEM's "volume license" key.
 

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We received the notebook a few months ago from my grandmother's estate. HP Pavilion Notebook.  Grandmother had a few years using this Notebook, but had a fire in the back office/sewing room, all her important papers were in that room and my uncle says
all boxe,  books, diskettes are lost.
No backups or product key. So how do I get the product key?  Being without work I can't afford to buy this product again.  Would upgrading from Windows 8.1 to your free Windows 10 remove this problem?

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OK. I got given a laptop to fix. The problem was is that the O/S was hanging and BSoD. I thought, ok, simple fix or repair will do the trick. I was very wrong!

I tried several ways to make XP boot but failed, I gave up in the end so I created myself an XP bootable disk. Took around 10 minutes to create, all fine, no errors. Put it in the Fujitsu laptop and what a surprise, it doesnt want to boot. So I tested this CD on another laptop, it worked like a dream.

So, my first question is "Why doesnt my XP bootable disk want to load on a Fujitsu laptop?"

Next, I burned a XP iso file onto a disk and tried to boot to get into console recovery. This booted up fine, did my stuff but no help to the corrupt XP on the laptop. So I thought, ok, let me try and do a repair. This started to repair the O/S which was perfect, then BOOM! a pop up message saying "Enter your serial number in...". I looked under the laptop, wrote down the serial number, triple checked it, entered it in and "Invalid serial number".

So, my second question is "Why in the hell doesnt it like a valid serial number?"

Ok ok ok, now your thinking.
"Why dont you just reinstall the O/S from fresh?"
Well, the answer to that is well, the person has family photos on there of his kids and he doesnt want to lose them.
Yes, no back up was made.

My thoughts are on that laptop is that the laptop hard drive is corrupt, a bad few sectors or something.

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A:Unbootable Windows XP disk, "Invalid serial number". All on a Fujitsu Laptop

the xp disk you are using has to match the version of the key,which is a oem version

first slave the drive to another computer and see what you can save from it

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My brother's laptop all of a sudden showed a blue screen and when it rebooted, showed a message that I believe said "no boot sector" found or something like that. After looking for solutions online and trying fixboot in the Recovery Console (which didn't work, because it seemed like it couldn't even find the hard drive) I tried fixmbr to see if it would do anything.

That lead me to the message I have now which is "invalid partition table". The laptop is a DELL so I tried to use ctrl + f11 (his laptop didn't come with a recovery disk), but that doesn't work (I tried it many times, in various ways). I just want to get into Windows, and if possible at all save some files (he didn't back anything up). I have a DELL reinstallation disk that came from another computer, but I'm hesitant to try installing it since the "repair windows installation" feature isn't an option. Any help?

A:Laptop hardrive "invalid partition table"

Any help here? I forgot to mention that the laptop is an Inspiron 6000.

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http://tinyurl.com/k3vyb

I tried copying a fresh version of the file to \Windows\System32. No dice. I tried renaming it all uppercase and then all lowercase. Nothing. I put a copy in the root directory. No effect. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked.

Then--doh!--I stopped thrashing and did what I should have done initially: I dug into the Microsoft Knowledge Base and learned about XP's built-in Rebuild command. It can often easily fix "Missing HAL" and similar problems in just a minute or two. If you know about this command and how to use it, you can potentially save yourself hours and hours of manually reinstalling or rebuilding a failed operating system.
 

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Hi, I've looked all over the internet in attempt to find a solution to a problem that's just affected my computer, and I haven't been able to find anything that relates specifically to the problem I'm encountering.

This hit my computer without warning, I switched it on this morning and it worked as normal, all of a sudden things started to freeze up. I restarted the computer, and now a lot of programs are refusing to open - Microsoft Office, among others, states "Error: There Are No More Files", whilst other programs such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer state "Attempt to Access From Invalid Address", even when I am running them from their root folders.

I am running a Dell Latitude 830 with Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00GHz, 2M L2 Cache, 800MHz) Dual Core, 1.0GB, DDR2-667 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS, Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 and am obviously using Windows XP. I have scanned my system with Avast Antivirus, which didn't state that there were any viruses, so I am stuck as to what exactly the problem is.

I'd really appreciate some help in figuring out what has happened, thankyou so much for your time in reading this!

A:"There Are No More Files"/"Attempt To Access From Invalid Address" Issue

I am having the same problem on the same exact hardware. i don't think it could be a hardware issue, but i could be wrong. i have tried repairing windows with no success. i'm thinking the only option is to reinstall windows completely.

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Hi, I've hit a problem with Windows XP, I've looked around and I haven't been able to find anywhere which offers a potential solution, so I really hope somebody here can help!

This hit my computer without warning, I switched it on this morning and it worked as normal, I was using Google Chrome, in order to browse websites that were free of spyware (the Guardian at time of crash) all of a sudden things started to freeze up. I restarted the computer, and now a lot of programs are refusing to open - Microsoft Office, among others, states "Error: There Are No More Files", whilst other programs such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer state "Attempt to Access From Invalid Address", even when I am running them from their root folders.

As I've stated I am running a Dell Latitude 830 with Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00GHz, 2M L2 Cache, 800MHz) Dual Core, 1.0GB, DDR2-667 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS, Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 and am obviously using Windows XP. I have scanned my system with Avast Antivirus, which didn't state that there were any viruses, so I am stuck as to what exactly the problem is.

Thanks for reading! I really hope that somebody can help..
 

A:"There Are No More Files"/"Attempt To Access From Invalid Address" Issue

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I have been unsuccessful in trying to print from several programs, although nothing else suspicious has been noted. The following is what happened as I tried printing from various programs:

Opera 7.50 -- Print preview simply provides no response (sometimes shuts down). Straight print attempt = shutdown w/error msg ""has encountered a problem and needs to close"

Notepad -- "Handle is invalid."

IE 6.00 -- Print preview shows, but attempt to print leads to msg "There was an internal error."

MS Word 2003 -- Print preview shows, but attempt to print leads to msg "&#8230; cannot &#8230; problem with current setup"

I'm using XP Home. Any ideas?
 

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Hello,
Following the forum guidelines I am posting a compressed file from your SF Diagnostic tool. This was done shortly after a BSOD.
Thanks for your support in helping me understand what is the cause of those frequent BSOD.
Joce

A:BSOD with "Invalid Attachment Process" and "IRQ..." error

Hi Joce & Welcome to the forums ^_^,

I have analyzed your dump files and below has been provided an analysis of the same for informative purposes :-

Code:
**************************Sun Aug 31 11:24:21.375 2014 (UTC + 5:30)***************************** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for SynTP.sys

*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for SynTP.sys

Probably caused by : SynTP.sys ( SynTP+3b9fb )

BugCheck 5, {ffffe0017069a900, ffffe001734f3580, 0, 1}
BugCheck Info: INVALID_PROCESS_ATTACH_ATTEMPT (5)

BUGCHECK_STR: 0x5

DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN8_DRIVER_FAULT

PROCESS_NAME: explorer.exe

FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: 0x5_SynTP+3b9fb

MaxSpeed: 2130

CurrentSpeed: 2128

BIOS Version 1.20

BIOS Release Date 12/17/09

Manufacturer TOSHIBA

Product Name Satellite L550

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????``
**************************Sun Aug 31 11:05:21.993 2014 (UTC + 5:30)**************************
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for SynTP.sys

*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for SynTP.sys

Probably caused by : SynTP.sys ( SynTP+3b9fb )

BugCheck 5, {ffffe000c99146c0, ffffe000cdaf7900, 0, 1}
BugCheck Info: INVALID_PROCESS_ATTACH_ATTEMPT (5)

BUGCHECK_STR: 0x5

DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN8_DRIVER_FAULT

PROCESS_NAME: Integrator.exe

FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: 0x5_SynTP+3b9fb
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I have been a tech for now some 30+ years, I have had my 18.4'' ALIEN REPLACED ONCE! I'm on my second one for 5 months now and had nothing but problems, freezing, locking up, losing my screen, the net card is so slow I can go to my spouses pc and get the work done on my old Toshiba that is 8 years old and get things done faster!, I care for disabled vest two of which have life treating health issues that I my need to be able to IM VA hospitals at a drop of a hat is why I can not send my laptop in for service for a week to 10 days, or more. I have done my research and I will not have any more refer-bushed parts put in my machine! After 2 mother boards and 4 video cards can you blame me.... When I worked at HP doing customer returns the dreaded Azures mother boards have been hated for the failure rate , I do not know why dell would pout such a *** poor product in their machine . I still have my old dell from 12 years ago it runs on window 3.4 LOL but it runs.  Dell has stop! making 18.4  Alien machines due to the failure rate so why the *** will they not replace my machine with a 17.4" of like I paid over $2500 for this darn thing only to lose graphic projects before I can saving them , losing over 200 hours of work for graphics.... Sigh I hope dell will replace this thing soon.

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My Windows Xp Pro is fully activated but to my surprize when i tried installing SP1, I got an error message that my Windows XP product key is invalid and therefore I cannot install SP1.
I thought if your product key is invalid, Windows is not activated and you get reminder to activate within 15 days. But in my case Windows is fully activated, so how come my product key is invalid. What does this activation of Windows exactly mean. Could anybody please explain me that?

Thanks.
 

A:Re: invalid product key

There were many keys floating around that allowed you to activate XP but were not legal. Microsoft maintains a list of common keys used in this way and if yours matches, you cannot install the service pack. Assuming the key you used is one of these, you are running a pirated version of XP.
Do you recall where you got the key from? Did someone give it to you? Did you give it to anyone else?
 

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After systme upgrade for free to Windows 10, systme did not work ex: All in one printer fax would no longer scan. After many weeks of forums and boards fell back to system reset. So recoved computer from the system image. After recovery and startup, windows activation came up to tell me that the product key was invalid.  It asked again each time a recovery to the original out of the box state. It after upgrade to 8.1 is still asking for a valid product key.I contacted microsoft and discussed this issue, Microsoft did a remote access to my system and tryied to activate and after review of the product key saved in the system Bios instructed me to contact HP for assistance. Well here is the delima...no phone number to call...only forums and trouble shooting messages that do not address this issue. I will not pay for another key...if this is an issue world wide it is in my best intrest to replace it with MAC. This all started as a free activation to windows 10......Regards.

A:Invalid product key

Hello Ron, Welcome to the official HP Support forum. Thank you for posting.  First, I am sorry about the issue you experience. Here is the list of HP phone numbers sorted by country:>> http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.html If you prefer and for faster assistance, you can also chat with HP representative >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/contact-hp Hope this helps.

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Im helping a friend re-install ME and keep getting this error. Its a full retail version and Im using the key on the sticker. I re-formatted the drive and still get the error.
 

A:Invalid product key????

Mind the capital letters and note that a zero (0) looks different from a letter o (O)
 

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Can someone help? I have a refurbished computer and i have an invalid key that wont let me activate it. If you could tell me a way to fix it or to enter it somewhere else it will let me, please reply.

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