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Product key forr windows xp service pack 3

Original service pack is sp2 and when i turned on the automatic updates it upgraded to service pack 3
it gives me a 30 days grace period to activate the windows and i dont have the product key for sp3
today is the last day and i cannot get in to my windows environment
im not sure if it asking for the product key for sp2 or sp3 but i believe its for sp3 because i tried different product keys for sp2 and it will not work

so please help me to get a service pack 3 product key so that i can get in to my windows

i dont want to reformat my pc again because i was not able to get a back for my files in drive C...

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  • queeniebarre Oct 08, 2009

    i tried calling microsoft and that doesnt work
    tried looking for the sticker and couldnt find it

    my last option is to reformat my computer

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This sounds like your original product key is either fake or has been hijacked and distributed though the net. Microsoft have a database of keys that are not REAL keys and ones that have been shared out over multiple PC's.

It may have been working ok in Service Pack 2 as the copy protection that checks the key has been removed or disabled. So putting on Service Pack 3 has reenabled the key checker or has put a new product key checker in.

As any windows platform can be upgraded and the key will still work. So going from SP2 to SP3 will be ok if the product key is legit.

First double check your key id a real key. It will be on a holographic or green sticker that if removed from where it is stuck will come off in little pieces and not be readable.

If you believe your key is legit then you can contact Microsoft through their site and request a new key to be sent out. They will investigate your claim and may even ask for you to send your existing key (Sticker) back to them.

There are other ways of making your windows genuine by downloading programs like Make your Windows Genuine from torrent sites, but these methods are not reconmended and your windows will still be an unauthorised edition. This can also be view as software piracy so I personally would not attempt it.

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Your best chance is to call microsoft the microsoft activation phone number. Call the free phone number for your area from the telephone activation screen. Wait until you reach an operator and then dxplain the situation to them and give your SP2 key. If they can't help you thenI think reformatting is the only legal way to fix your problem.

I'm sorry that I can't be of any further help.

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