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Hi daisysfounta
Is the recovery disk you used for same model of PC as yours?
If not the disks is locked to a certian manufacturer and model and that is why your product key is not working. You will have to get a recovery disk for the same manufacturer and model as your PC. If you have a no name brand PC you will need a retail or OEM cd.


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You need an installation disk that is the same type as what came on your computer (XP home, XP pro, etc..). Many manufacturers have recovery cd's available for a fee, I've seen as low as $19.95 and as high as $65. Try the manufacturer's web site, or find someone with the same type of computer and same version of OS.

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You can call microsoft and ask them to validate your windows installation. Explain you lost the disk and need to use another copy but now it wont activate. it sucks but thats the legal way to do it

you can call microsoft at
if you ignore the menu and press 0 you will get a human. good luck!

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