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Hi a friend gave me her computer to clean up and upgrade from windows home
SP1 to SP2 and install all the latest security downloads etc., as I have
broadband. I installed SP2 OK then connected to the Microsoft update site.
And got the message that windows was not activated and it would not let me
download any updates. I got the CD key from her and tried to activate over
the net but got the message invalid CD Key. Tried the phone method and got a
bloke from India who was either deaf or daft as I had to repeat each number
many times. I was told to contact the computer manufacturer. I got another
CD Key and again it would not activate. Bloke in shop (local computer shop)
says the copy of Windows XP Home is legit as well as the CD Key, and got
quite annoyed. So how come her computer has been running Windows XP home for
the past 18 months without being activated and allowing SP2 to be installed?
I know a couple of people who had the pirate version of XP Pro and they have
been unable to upgrade to SP2 so they don't bother. Does she have a dodgy
version of XP Home or is there a version that does not need activated but
will allow SP2 to be installed? Any thoughts on her/my problem.

Thanks Ron
 
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I'm not sure why the computer was givin to you to do the updates of SP1 to
SP2? This should have been done automaticly with windows update online. It
sounds to me by your description that the computer in question was originally
loaded with a bootleg pirate copy of Windows XP Home and a keygen program was
used to bypass the regestration and validation process prior to SP1 being
installed. Microsoft has devised a disable system to update from SP1 to SP2
on pirate bootleg installations. I think you will have to purchase a geniune
CD with valid CD Key of Windows XP Home and reload from scratch.

"Ron" wrote:

> Hi a friend gave me her computer to clean up and upgrade from windows home
> SP1 to SP2 and install all the latest security downloads etc., as I have
> broadband. I installed SP2 OK then connected to the Microsoft update site.
> And got the message that windows was not activated and it would not let me
> download any updates. I got the CD key from her and tried to activate over
> the net but got the message invalid CD Key. Tried the phone method and got a
> bloke from India who was either deaf or daft as I had to repeat each number
> many times. I was told to contact the computer manufacturer. I got another
> CD Key and again it would not activate. Bloke in shop (local computer shop)
> says the copy of Windows XP Home is legit as well as the CD Key, and got
> quite annoyed. So how come her computer has been running Windows XP home for
> the past 18 months without being activated and allowing SP2 to be installed?
> I know a couple of people who had the pirate version of XP Pro and they have
> been unable to upgrade to SP2 so they don't bother. Does she have a dodgy
> version of XP Home or is there a version that does not need activated but
> will allow SP2 to be installed? Any thoughts on her/my problem.
>
> Thanks Ron
>
>
>
 
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T.S. wrote:

> I'm not sure why the computer was givin to you to do the updates of SP1 to
> SP2? This should have been done automaticly with windows update online.

Obvious if you actually read the post - he has broadband, friend
doesn't. Ever try installing SP2 over dialup?

> It
> sounds to me by your description that the computer in question was originally
> loaded with a bootleg pirate copy of Windows XP Home and a keygen program was
> used to bypass the regestration and validation process prior to SP1 being
> installed.

Rash assumption. There are many cases of valid installs not passing WGA
(which is really what this is about, not WPA or Registration).

> Microsoft has devised a disable system to update from SP1 to SP2
> on pirate bootleg installations.

Then how was he able to install SP2? Totally flawed logic there, buddy.

> I think you will have to purchase a geniune
> CD with valid CD Key of Windows XP Home and reload from scratch.

You think wrong. You also should learn how to read.

Steve

>
> "Ron" wrote:
>
>
>>Hi a friend gave me her computer to clean up and upgrade from windows home
>>SP1 to SP2 and install all the latest security downloads etc., as I have
>>broadband. I installed SP2 OK then connected to the Microsoft update site.
>>And got the message that windows was not activated and it would not let me
>>download any updates. I got the CD key from her and tried to activate over
>>the net but got the message invalid CD Key. Tried the phone method and got a
>>bloke from India who was either deaf or daft as I had to repeat each number
>>many times. I was told to contact the computer manufacturer. I got another
>>CD Key and again it would not activate. Bloke in shop (local computer shop)
>>says the copy of Windows XP Home is legit as well as the CD Key, and got
>>quite annoyed. So how come her computer has been running Windows XP home for
>>the past 18 months without being activated and allowing SP2 to be installed?
>>I know a couple of people who had the pirate version of XP Pro and they have
>>been unable to upgrade to SP2 so they don't bother. Does she have a dodgy
>>version of XP Home or is there a version that does not need activated but
>>will allow SP2 to be installed? Any thoughts on her/my problem.
>>
>>Thanks Ron
>>
>>
>>
 

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You are confusing Activation with Windows Genuine Advantage. Like I said,
this is the worst PR move MS has ever made and only serves to confuse the
paying customers and doesn't affect piracy one iota.

To get the updates, open IE/Tools/Internet Options/Programs/Manage Add Ons
and disable Windows Genuine Advantage. Close IE for it to take effect. Open
it again and ignore the bubble that pops up at the bottom of the window and
go to Windows Update and download all the updates you need.

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"Ron" <ron@flymail.fm> wrote in message
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> Hi a friend gave me her computer to clean up and upgrade from windows home
> SP1 to SP2 and install all the latest security downloads etc., as I have
> broadband. I installed SP2 OK then connected to the Microsoft update site.
> And got the message that windows was not activated and it would not let me
> download any updates. I got the CD key from her and tried to activate over
> the net but got the message invalid CD Key. Tried the phone method and got
> a bloke from India who was either deaf or daft as I had to repeat each
> number many times. I was told to contact the computer manufacturer. I got
> another CD Key and again it would not activate. Bloke in shop (local
> computer shop) says the copy of Windows XP Home is legit as well as the
> CD Key, and got quite annoyed. So how come her computer has been running
> Windows XP home for the past 18 months without being activated and
> allowing SP2 to be installed? I know a couple of people who had the pirate
> version of XP Pro and they have been unable to upgrade to SP2 so they
> don't bother. Does she have a dodgy version of XP Home or is there a
> version that does not need activated but will allow SP2 to be installed?
> Any thoughts on her/my problem.
>
> Thanks Ron
>
 
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> "Obvious if you actually read the post - he has broadband, friend
doesn't. Ever try installing SP2 over dialup?"

It's nearly impossible in it's full version using a dialup internet
connection.

You can get it from Microsoft on a CD for free, however the shipping is
more than getting it from one of the download services like
On-Disk.com. And they usually ship the same or next day to anywhere in
the world. http://on-disk.com/xpsp2.html