Need Help Installing XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by Rock Hunter, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    I have an old computer and I want to install xp on it so I can get it running and then I want to donate it.

    The problem is when I installed xp x86 Home Edition, it wouldn't accept the key code on the label on the back of the box.

    It has been years since I installed or used xp so I've forgotten everything I used to know about getting xp to pass Microsoft's Genuine Validation.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. LostED

    LostED MDL MIRROR Hardlink

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  3. mockingbird

    mockingbird MDL Junior Member

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    You need to download XP Home OEM, then it should accept the key and pass activation.
     
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  4. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks for all the help. I ended up using Windows XP x86 VL. It came with two key codes but the first one was blocked. The second one worked. As a nice side effect of using VL, I was able to download most if not all of the old updates, not just the security updates. This machine is not fast, it only has 1gb of ram but for a senior citizen who just wants to do e-mail and Facebook this will work for them. Tomorrow it goes to Goodwill and then on to a new owner.
     
  5. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Addicted

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    Be advised here that that key, (if bogus) can get blocked also. No operating system has ever come with 2 keys.
     
  6. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

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    Why not use linux instead ?