I brought a computer from a computer fair approx a year ago with win xp pre loaded, i have since upgraded my mobo which is usb 2, but unable to use as it say i need to have sp 1 or sp 2 installed. I have tried to download sp 1 and have disc for sp 2. However when installing it say windows is not valid and stops. On further investigation i have found out that it is a pirate copy and of coarse the seller is no where to be found. Is there any way round this or do i have to purchase a new copy of windows. I will think hard before buying from a computer fair again.
Ref csqwared input I think you'll find it comes down to individual traders stance on selling OEM versions of XP Home Ed. SP2. I think I read an article on this in PC Advisor (not so sure it wasn't the Forum Ed who wrote it - can't find which back copy it was offhand)
I am still able to source genuine OEM copies from at least 3 traders with COA/License Code.
Having had a problem with validating one OEM copy, I phoned Microsoft, explained exactly what I was doing (ad hoc builds and repairs etc) and found them to be very helpful and eager to help.
I need to install sp 2 for the usb 2.0 drivers. But will not install cause it says not a valid windows key. i brought the computer from a fair with windows pre installed, so i imagine that ive been sold a pirate windows copy, more fool me. Is there any way i can install these drivers without sp1 or sp2.
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