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I bought a used IBM R40 whose hard drive failed. I tried installing someone else's XP Pro on my computer and then trying to use my license key from the bottom of my machine. It didn't work. I get the now valid message. It is a 2722-27U model.

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Must use an OEM install copy of the version on your key sticker. retail and upgrade versions will not work. i had the same problem with my r40. had to use e-donkey file sharing program to find it.

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