Invalid Product ID?!


J

jameltoms

I have a copy of Windows XP SP1 that came with my computer and my
computer has started to mess up so I wanted to do a reapir install. I
can't use the sp1 cd because a NEWER VERSION is installed and so I
download the SP2 version off of my universities server, VT and i used
that and I had to interchanged the two dif versions along the
installation and I get towards the end and it says invalid product ID,
i use the id on my laptop and i use the one that came off of the server
from my universitiy and neither work and I cant use my computer? I
have a programming project due tomorrow and this is nto good.
 
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steam3801

I have a copy of Windows XP SP1 that came with my computer and my
computer has started to mess up so I wanted to do a reapir install. I
can't use the sp1 cd because a NEWER VERSION is installed and so I
download the SP2 version off of my universities server, VT and i used
that and I had to interchanged the two dif versions along the
installation and I get towards the end and it says invalid product ID,
i use the id on my laptop and i use the one that came off of the server
from my universitiy and neither work and I cant use my computer? I
have a programming project due tomorrow and this is nto good.
You can't just d/load and install someone else's copy - MS have strict
copyright controls.

In any case, (re)installing Windows over the top of any existing
version/installation is never a good idea - even with updates.

About the only way out is to back up all your data, wipe your hard
drive and do a "clean" install, then run the update processes.
 
G

Gerry Cornell

You cannot user a Windows XP CD from another computer to fix problems on
your own.

Try Start, Run, type "sfc /scannow" without quotes and hit Enter.

Description of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 System File Checker
(Sfc.exe)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310747

Do you still have problems. If yes please describe them and provide
copies of error messages.

Doing a Repair / Install is a drastic measure and to be avoided unless
absolutely necessary.

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
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J

Jupiter Jones [MVP]

Microsoft also has licensing agreements with some educational institutions
that allow this type of download.
 
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Jupiter Jones [MVP]

The Windows XP installed on your computer and the Windows XP you downloaded
are different versions and the Product Keys are not interchangeable.
Check with your university as to why the key they gave does not work with
the Windows XP they provide.

The "NEWER VERSION" usually means SP-2 is on the computer while the CD has
SP-1 or no SP.
Slipstreaming is one possible solution:
http://msfn.org/comments.php?id=9235&catid=1&highlight=slipstream
Another option is to uninstall SP-2 through Add/Remove Programs.
 

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