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    Yes, you guys are my last hope! My presarios motherboard had a meltdown
    so i took all the hardware and cards memory etc. and put them in a older puter
    I had, I kept all 4 dell cds. One is for installing xp. when it installs it installs the product key automatically.when i activated my xp over the phone they changed the cd key. Now after doing re install they say my numbers dont match. i know im the only user and i have the original cd. so do you know why i could be having this problem?? thank you for any and all help....dona

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    Re: Activation Fails for Dell oem XP

    Dell CD... Compaq Presario Computer...
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      Re: Activation Fails for Dell oem XP

      To elaborate...
      Dell installation CDs are tied to Dell hardware, particularly the Motherboard.
      You had a Compaq PC, now a 3rd party one, so not surprisingly the Dell CD will not work.

      Since OEM licenses are tied to particular hardware, I'm afraid you will need to buy a copy of Windows XP, unless you talk very nicely to MS, who might (if its a good day -- and remembering that, thanks to Yahoo they have $45 billion going spare this morning) activate your copy.
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        Re: Activation Fails for Dell oem XP

        God I guess this has gotten to me!! sSorry i was working on a presario and i guess it was on my mind. my computer was a dimension not a presario. the cd worked on my used motherboard and was activated but they gave me new id numbers (if that makes a difference)with no problems until i did a reinstall and called to activate it. dona

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          Re: Activation Fails for Dell oem XP

          It is still tied to a Dell motherboard, and if your older computer is not a Dell, then you're out of luck. Even if it is a Dell, if it is not the same motherboard, then you may still be out of luck (barring, of course, that phone call to M$ that Ossian mentioned.
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