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Old 2006-04-03, 09:21   #1
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Question Windows XP and Service Pack 2

I was given a copy of Windows XP Professional on CD, which I installed onto
my computer.
I have got a copy of Service Pack 2 on CD, which came from Microsoft, but
when I tried to install it, it failed with a box that said that my product key is
incorrect.
How can I get round this, and install Service Pack 2 anyway?
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Old 2006-04-03, 12:16   #2
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Originally Posted by M0CZY
I was given a copy of Windows XP Professional on CD, which I installed onto
my computer.
I have got a copy of Service Pack 2 on CD, which came from Microsoft, but
when I tried to install it, it failed with a box that said that my product key is
incorrect.
How can I get round this, and install Service Pack 2 anyway?
First you make very certain that you have not mistyped your product key.

Then you complain to your supplier of XP Pro, with a Cc: to Microsoft, that the key sent to you was not a valid key. MSFT are quite keen to straighten out situations like this.


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Old 2006-04-03, 12:34   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by M0CZY
I was given a copy of Windows XP Professional on CD, which I installed onto
my computer.
I have got a copy of Service Pack 2 on CD, which came from Microsoft, but
when I tried to install it, it failed with a box that said that my product key is
incorrect.
How can I get round this, and install Service Pack 2 anyway?
A copy? Are you implying that you are not using a licensed version of XP?
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Old 2006-04-03, 13:28   #4
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I must have typed the product key in correctly otherwise I wouldn't have
been able to install the Win XP in the first place.
I think that the SP2 software was telling me that my Win XP was a 'pirate'
version that my friend gave me.
I was hoping that someone on the forum would not mind this, and suggest a
simple way for me to install SP2 on it, even though my Windows does not
seem to be an official copy.
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Old 2006-04-03, 13:43   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by M0CZY
I must have typed the product key in correctly otherwise I wouldn't have
been able to install the Win XP in the first place.
I think that the SP2 software was telling me that my Win XP was a 'pirate'
version that my friend gave me.
I was hoping that someone on the forum would not mind this, and suggest a
simple way for me to install SP2 on it, even though my Windows does not
seem to be an official copy.
That's exactly what I gave you -- a simple and legal way of installing SP2 on your machine.


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Old 2006-04-03, 14:18   #6
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Negative comments are not very helpful to me.
My friend gave me the Win XP disk for free, so I can't really complain to him.
I don't think Microsoft will want to help me either!
I suppose I could just carry on using the Windows as it is, but it would have
nice to be able to install SP2 on it.
I am hardly likely to spend Β£189 on a genuine copy of Win XP, and install it
on my pile of junk that was rescued from a skip.
I just thought that someone would know how to install SP2 on my copy of
Win XP, despite the dubious origin of it.
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Old 2006-04-03, 14:32   #7
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Bearing in mind you're already breaking the law, why don't you mug a granny, or burgle a house, to get the Β£189 you need to buy a legitimate copy of Win XP.
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Old 2006-04-03, 16:36   #8
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Bearing in mind you're already breaking the law, why don't you mug a granny, or burgle a house, to get the Β£189 you need to buy a legitimate copy of Win XP.
That would work too, though I specifically advise AGAINST taking that course of action.


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Old 2006-04-03, 16:52   #9
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Originally Posted by M0CZY
Negative comments are not very helpful to me.
My friend gave me the Win XP disk for free, so I can't really complain to him.
I don't think Microsoft will want to help me either!
I suppose I could just carry on using the Windows as it is, but it would have
nice to be able to install SP2 on it.
I am hardly likely to spend Β£189 on a genuine copy of Win XP, and install it
on my pile of junk that was rescued from a skip.
I just thought that someone would know how to install SP2 on my copy of
Win XP, despite the dubious origin of it.
If you're that much of a cheapskate, and a self-confessed lawbreaker to boot, why don't you just buy, beg, or borrow a Linux or BSD installation kit?

You can pick up your very own brand new copy of Linux or BSD for under Β£5 from a variety of commercial suppliers. Google will tell you where to find them. When purchasing Linux and BSD for Microsoft Research I used to do business with the Linux Emporium in, I think, Wallingford but there are many more.

If you really can't afford a fiver, send me your postal address and I'll put a copy of Linux I no longer require into a Jiffy bag and mail it to you.


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Old 2006-04-03, 16:57   #10
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Β£189? Is Win XP really that expensive?

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why don't you mug a granny, or burgle a house
What are your expectations on the date when robbing is indeed punished less than copyright infringement?
I already saw discussions on (hypothetical) scenarios after which it is "better" to rob a person who's coming out of a music store and steal his CD instead of illegally downloading it.
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Old 2006-04-03, 18:27   #11
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I believe you can legally download an evaluation copy of W2K3 that is good for 180 days.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...l/default.mspx
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