Validating windows xp professional
My computers are on a wireless home network and to access the internet (for the purpose of activation), the connection between the computer and the wirless router has to first be "set up".
When attempting to run the setup software for the router without SP3 installed, a message appears saying that, in order to run the setup software, the computer must have SP3 installed.
For his Compaq, it did not accept his key code when attempting to activate it over the internet and, when attempting to activate it using the "telephone" method and going through the question/answer and entry of the long "activation code" process, it ultimately returned with a message that, something to the effect, "our records do not show that this is a valid Microsoft product" and recommended that it be returned to the retailer where it was purchased.
It also had a link to the Microsoft web site, supposedly for help (sic), where it steered you to a page to purchase Windows 7.
Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. I attempted to re-install the OS and activation failed with a message that the disk had been activated too many times and the number was no longer valid.
Admittedly XP has been always my "experimental" OS and I had used it many times. The problem that we are having with my friends XP "re=install" is somewhat different in that it has only been used (installed) two times before.
This was back when the computer manufacturers provided the Windows installation disk(s) with the sale of their computers and, after Vista's release, they were dumping them on the resale market.
When Vista "flopped", there were a lot of Vista users, such as my friend, who purchased an XP installation disk and went back to XP on their computers.
BTW, there was another part of your question which I failed to answer.
Probably stating the obvious, but have you been here: (you need to go through IE).2.
Is it a case of the validation process not running, or are you getting the 'not legal' pop up2. I'm wondering if it was an e Bay purchase, whether the product key accompanying it has since been blacklisted.
As previously mentioned, my friend's Presario originally came new with Windows Vista installed but, after experiencing many problems with Vista, he bought the XP disk to replace the Vista OS installation.
As also mentioned, there had been the original XP "install" on his Presario and one later "re-install" using this disk and without any problems in validating or activating the installation."A plot by Microsoft to p*$$ off XP-users", I thought.