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cytone

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Does anyone know where I can get a product key that has not been used, twice now I have brought a windows xp professional sp2 cd from ebay and both times the product key has been used costing me £80 sterling, my PC only needs the product key, can someone please HELP.......:confused:
 

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Im sorry but you will have to buy a legit copy of windows xp that comes with the proper key. Using ebay hasnt worked to well for you and i wouldnt advise buying an operating system from there.Theres a lot of reputable places on the internet that do sell copies of windows xp with a proper COA sticker that has never been used.As for just the key only there is no where that you can find just the key as it wont be legal and it wont activate.Im wondering why there is no COA sticker on your computer? Those are not supposed to be removed ever.
 
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Please follow this Microsoft guide. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326904

As you have clearly been sold pirated copies of XP you should report it to Microsoft, the email address is in their guide above. This might at least help to prevent others from making the same mistake.

You should also report the seller to the eBay complaints department as they are breaking the law by selling counterfeit copies and you have every right to claim your money back.

You can also telephone Microsoft and have the keys checked http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx
 

cytone

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Thanks for reply, after what you said I looked on the side of my tower and found a proper COA sticker with the product key on it, the product key is for windows XP media centre edition, I tryed the key but it would not work do you think this might be down to me putting windows XP professional SP2 CD in and not windows Xp media centre??
 

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Not really sure if they are pirated copies or the poduct key has been used.
 
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Your COA sticker has a licence key for Windows XP Media Center, so that is all it will work with, licence keys are specific to only one version of Windows and cannot be used with any other version.

Any product key that gives a response from a failed validation that the key has been used before are pirated and illegal. Contact Microsoft and eBay and get the seller stopped and claim your money back as you have unfortunately been ripped off.
 
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Of course if your computer is a BIG BOX brand like Dell or Compaq, special considerations apply.
What brand is it?
 

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I do not think we can help any further here as you have been provided all the information we would normally supply for this type of problem and also we do not wantanyone putting illegal information as an answer here

Getting hold of the software is not illegal it will be the use of other KEYS - so as you have the COA Key , see if you can borrow the correct XP edition of software - exactly as written on the COA _so XP media centre - OEM if mentioned

OR

As rosiedad mentioned you can purchase recovery CDs from the manufacturers of the PC - so it may be worth also contacting them , as that should be less than the £80 you are currently spending

for example
HP
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=bph07143#N914

Toshiba
http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/System-Recovery-and-Recovery/Recovery-media/m-p/9148#U9148

Dell
http://support.dell.com/support/top...=19&l=en&s=dhs&docid=DSN_331556&isLegacy=true

so that may be worth investigating


OR

you may consider putting a linux version on the PC - OS are free
have a look at UBUNTU
 
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