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xp product key help

By wren1984
Nov 5, 2005
  1. firstly im a noob when it comes to computers...
    next.
    I have a genuine product key sticker for xp stuck to my pc.

    I fitted a new harddrive and the store installed xp back onto my harddrive

    When i go to "my computer" and check "properties" it says that XP is OEM edition

    My product key will not work when trying to activate it

    I assumed my key was OEM tho it doesn't say so on the sticker.. should it say it?

    How can i tell whether my key is retail or OEM?

    Any ideas how to figure this out?
     
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    actually if u have an OEM version of windows it will say it on the sticker, and if u try to use that key on a version of windows that is not OEM it will not work and vicey versa.
     
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    You need to reinstall your own copy of XP.
     
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