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Old April 9, 2008, 11:56 AM
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Yeah if his key was purchased from somewhere legit, just call MS and explain the situation.
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Old April 9, 2008, 02:06 PM
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Have we determined yet if it's a "mom&pop" build with a stand-alone OEM version, or a "restore" version from a big box builder?

Any time I've tried to use a "restore" key to install an OEM version on different hardware I've recieved a message that the key would only work on the original computer and to contact the computer manufacturer for support rather than Microsoft.
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Old April 9, 2008, 02:22 PM
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Well here is my unpopular take on it.

Go buy an XP cd
You voluntarily gave up your rights to it.
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Old April 10, 2008, 03:02 PM
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Default you have options ... don't buy another copy

If it's been more than 120 days since the Retail version of XP was installed you will likely be able to pass Activation online (& future WGA checks).
Try this tool from MS - it appears it will match the installed version to the key of choice - Activation will be required. Genuine Microsoft Software
Alternatively - use your Retail copy of WinXP to create an OEM version using this technique: Unlocking WinXP's setupp.ini and install using your friend's key.

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