Invalid MCE COA?!? REP+ for replies

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by JacobCook715, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. JacobCook715

    JacobCook715 MDL Novice

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    Hey all, im trying to install XP Media Center Edition 2005. I have used both CD 1 and CD 2 to clean install and everythings installed correctly.

    I am trying to activate with the key from the COA on my computer (NEC branded), and im using it with official Microsoft Windows installation CDs (not official NEC discs) and i am being told that the key i have entered is invalid.

    Any help? Rep+ and thanks+ for help guys, much appreciated!
     
  2. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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  3. JacobCook715

    JacobCook715 MDL Novice

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    Thank you Carlos that's what i was after, the PID Checker is reporting that it is indeed valid, just need a simple phone activation im guessing. thanks very much
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    #4 Carlos Detweiller, Apr 12, 2013
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    Invalid? You have selected Windows XP/Server 2003 before pressing the Go! button, right?

    A COA key shouldn't be invalid but show as ''OEM_NSLP'' or ''OEM_COA'' type key. MS just locked Internet activation because some !"ยง$%%& liked to steal the COA keys in stores.

    Edit: Checked an XP COA key and they show as ''OEM''. The Edition field should reveal what it's for.
    Edit2: MCE should display Key SubType ''OEM-MCE''.
     
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  5. Tito

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    You have to modify sources\setupp.ini to accept oem keys.
     
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  6. Carlos Detweiller

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    Then he has Retail discs, not OEM ones. ''official Microsoft Windows installation CDs'' could mean either, I got the OEM ones...
     
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  7. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    In MSDN, you can only find retail MCE.

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