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Activation key isn't valid but still allowed to activate?!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by II_DeLo_II, Jan 30, 2007.

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    II_DeLo_II Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2007
    Maybe I am missing something, but here is what I did:

    I had purchased 3 XP Pro UPGRADE CDs about 3-4 years ago.

    I installed them on my computer, and two other computers for my family right after purchase.

    The other day I reformatted my HD. I was reinstalling everything on my computer when I installed XP and used the wrong activation key to activate XP (I didn't look at the box label and I used one of the keys that was for my mother's computer)....however, I was still able to activate XP. I also downloaded the WGA and it didn't nag me that my copy might not be genuine.

    How is this possible? Obviously our system's hardware is different, shouldn't it have denied me access to activation? Should I go back and re-install XP and use the correct activation key or is this not a big deal?


    Jan 30, 2007
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    well if it was me for peace of mind i would reinstall with the proper code. that way you know things are all legal. besides if you have ever have a computer problem the tech will have the right code for the computer and will be able to fix it if its fixable.
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