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I had a small issue with my XP Pro...so I put in my cd and of the three options, I selected the first one...hit enter and on the next screen I hit R to repair it....after it was done doing its thing, the computer restarted and showed the installation screen.

When it got to 33 percent...a window opened asking for the 25 product key.

Here is the problem...The real XP Pro cd, I lost but I had made a backup...which is the one I used to do the repair...so I entered in the key code that I wrote on the cd...but it didnt work...it said "product key not valid".

I dont know why it does not work...so I tried the following. I downloaded the "Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder" installed it on a 3.5 floppy disk, then I put the cd "MiniPE" cd and turned on the laptop...I worked my way to a explorer type app and selected the A: drive...clicked on the Keyfinder app...it didnt find anything on its own..until I clicked on browse and selected the C:windows folder...then it found a XP Pro Key code. I tried to point the keyfinder app to a few different folders but none worked.

I restarted the laptop with the copied xp pro and entered in the key code that keyfinder found...but still did not work.

I dont understand what is wrong. I thought maybe it was because the key code I had was either no good or bad...so I went online and bought a OEM Xp Pro cd...I received it today and entered in the product key from the back and STILL does not work.

Do you think I need to install the NEW xp cd I just bought first and then try the new key? I read somewhere online that it does not matter...just that the key code need to be new.

Im also trying to keep from doing a fresh install because there are important files/pic's of family members not here anymore...that I dont want to lose.

I just dont know what or why it does not work. Im sorry for writing so much...was not sure if anyone would understand if I didnt explain everything.

Please Help,
 

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first of all, your computer is not elgible for the new oem xp pro. oem is only for a newly built system that never had an os installed on it.

was the original installed the one that came with the computer? You will either need to go to the computer manufacturers site and get a replacement or if it was a retail version of xp, you can go to microsoft and get a replacement cd.
 

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Before you do anything else, remove the hard drive and slave it to another computer, then copy all your important files and photos to the other computer's hard drive, just in case anything goes wrong when you reinstall Windows.
 

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Wait a sec...I dont understand...the New OEM xp pro cd I just bought...I cant use to reinstall on my laptop? Why not?

The problem is the laptop is Stuck at the enter in the product key....

The XP pro cd that is a backup copy...when I entered in its key code it didnt work
 

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Wait a sec...I dont understand...the New OEM xp pro cd I just bought...I cant use to reinstall on my laptop? Why not?
I already answered this in my previous reply, you cannot use it with its key to install on a system that already had an os installed on it. It is only good for a newly built system that NEVER had an os installed on it.
 

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here's how it works ..

An OEM CD is made for a particular laptop or Computer and has been made in a particular way so that the code given with it is only useful when you use the SAME CD & KEY for installation.

The same applies for WinXP Pro CD's

if the installation code within the install from the CD does not match the type of key you give it, then it will reject it.

The XP Pro CD copy you are using does not match the key that you are trying to give.

The OEM key you have does not match the CD installation you are trying to repair.

What you have is a situation where you are trying to re-install or repair Windows with mismatching CD's and codes

Do as was said earlier to back up all your files, before doing a legal installation of Windows.

we cannot help you with what is obviously (to us) attempts to re-install windows with the wrong CD's and keys

please read the rules
 

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You could have let me answer the two last posters to my thread...because if I was able to answer I could have said that the two keys I used are in FACT good because yesterday I called MS and they checked them...

But hey...what does it matter now...right. I came here for help and you thought it best to close my thread when I still needed help...thanks alot
Thread re-opened to allow further comments and requests for assistance by fs2009.

Please note that just because it is stated he has verified the keys with Microsoft, this is no proof that his keys are legitimate for his installation. Nor do we know what transpired when he spoke with MS Support.
 
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