I am trying to re-install win xp pro and the cd key on the yellow lable that came with the disk will not work. When I get to the screen that asks for the cd key i enter it but It is not accepted. Have not called MS yet but if Iam not doing anything wrong here I will have get in line and hold for an answer from Redmond!
I'm in agreement with Thong_Inspector on this one. Are you sure you're using the right Windows CD key? The only time I've ever gotten that error is when I'm using the wrong key for the OS I'm installing (ie, Windows 98 CD key for Windows 98 SE won't work).
never use quick format u will regret it and by the way call ms to get new key from them on free phone
Why will he regret quick format? I just about always use it, and rarely have problems. If you're simply reinstalling, it's a convenient way to wipe out the contents of the drive and reinstall.
I just had to Call MS to re-activate XP-Pro and Office 2003 (yet another self-induced crash!). I have never had to wait longer than a few minutes, as it seems they have moved most of their phone centers ooverseas. Quick and painless.