cant intall sp2 inXP

  Ray5776 19:20 08 Mar 2006

Trying to install sp2 on XP. Says invalid license key.

  Jackcoms 19:24 08 Mar 2006

Is your copy of Windows legal/genuine?

  Ray5776 19:50 08 Mar 2006

Not sure, I find the "rules" on this complicated.
I did not personally buy it, it is not OEM version.
Can anyone clarify please.

  Fingees 20:56 08 Mar 2006

If you go to windows update, it will download a program to check if your copy is genuine.

After that you can install any updates including sp2.

  lotvic 22:04 08 Mar 2006

do you have the XP cd? and the licence key?
or is your pc secondhand and XP was already installed and activated?

  Ray5776 22:35 08 Mar 2006

I have the CD and the license key and the sp2 CD.


  Ray5776 22:48 08 Mar 2006

Windows update says must validate first.
Validate says "Product Key Failed Validation"



You could have an illegal copy of XP, but all is not lost because Microsoft is not after you but rather the supplier of the illegal software.

Use this site click here to read up about the options available to you, it may even be that your key has gone corrupt.


  Ray5776 19:04 09 Mar 2006

thanks Whisperer,
Checked it out and it`s a pirate copy according to Microsoft, looks genuine enough though.
Luckily I was given it so didn`t lose any money.
I have a genuine paid for XP on my sons PC that I bought about 1mnth ago. I can`t use that on mine as it was pre-installed so thought I would give the freebie a try, as you say all is not lost.
Having now read up on the license agreements it strikes me that Microsoft are greedy B------s,
surely a home edition could be used on more than one machine in these times when many homes have more than one PC. We don`t have to have a TV licence for every TV in the house, not YET anyway.


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