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Windows XP Pro VLK "Invalid"

Posted on 2010-01-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
When I enter my VLK during installation it claims to be an invalid key. This is an oem installation and the key is for XP Professional. Any help as to why this would say the key is invalid? How can i fix it?
Question by:flscott
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Call the vendor or call Microsoft and they will assist you in the best way.

Faraz H. Khan
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Mike_Carroll earned 1000 total points
ID: 26287182
Each version needs a specific key and they keys are not interchangeable. OEM needs an OEM key and Volume Licensed needs a VLK. You can't swap around the keys.

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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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OEM and VLK are two different and mutually exclusive licencing systems.
If you have installed an OEM disk you need to use an OEM Key
To use your VLK key you need to have installed from the VLK media.
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Author Comment

ID: 26287238
now that the mistake has been made, what's the least painful way to change these OEM installations into VLK installations?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 26287258
Were you using an image or is this a straight install from the OEM CD?
If the latter then reinstall from your VLK CD.
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Expert Comment

ID: 26287289
You need a VL Media Kit for Windows XP. Not expensive and it will work with your VL key. Your vendor should have explained this to you.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Thinking about it it would be worth trying a repair/reinstall using the VLK media on one machine to see if it is accepted
If it works then the machine should automatically be activated at the end of the process and you can then roll that out to the remaining affected OEM installs
Not a guarantee that it will work but if it does will be quicker than reinstalling which really is the only other option.
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I do not believe that deleting with no refund is correct in this case. The person placing the question was given the correct answer as to why he could not use a Volume License Key with an OEM cdrom.

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