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I have a really old xp and the machine is going bad. I converted it vm and using vm player to run it.  The problem is everytime I start the os its asking for a key and doesnt let me log in to the os itself.  I have tried multiple VL keys directly from microsoft that the company have and it says invalid key.  I looked on microsoft site and it says if time is incorrect the error happens.  I logged into safe mode command prompt, and changed time.  I am also able to use explorer command to log into safe mode but I cant do much on safe mode.  Any help is appreciated.

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
My guess given the fact that you have already tried several VL keys is that particular machine has XP OEM installed that's why it won't accept the keys you have provided.....
Check this first .
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is the OS you have P2Ved, an OEM version ?

If it is an OEM version, it will not accept your keys, and you will need to replace the OEM version with a VL version, which means, installing the OS over the top of the existing one. (e.g. kind of upgrade!)

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iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.  It is OEM from Dell.  I tried that key as well.  Installed xp key finder on physical machine to grab that key no luck
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You can't move OEM versions of XP to another machine. OEM is bound to the hardware and it dies with it. You also aren't allowed to run an OEM version of XP as a VM. Your only option is to upgrade to a non OEM version as Hanccocka mentioned, or install a fresh version of XP with legitimate keys. Or if your host PC is running Windows 7 pro, ultimate or enterprise, you can also use XP mode.
iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Andrew,

So it definetly is oem version.  I tried to run windows xp iso on the vm that is running on workstation 11 now. I booted of the iso..but when i go to install it, it says no harddrive found.  Is there a separate driver I have to load.  I guess my question is, if there is a way to upgrate the vm xp oem to vm xp vl?
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
I guess with all the fuss of licensing is much better to take a good backup of your existing OEM machine,create a Virtual XP VLK machine and transfer all that you want from the old machine...
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
iamaidiot, you don't need to wipe and install the VLK but you do need to repair the installation using the XP VLK image that your licence key relates to.

The missing hard drive error is because XP doesn't natively support the SATA format of your VHD so you need to load the prebuilt FDD driver image (the F6 option during XP setup)

Andrew is the guru here though (BTW thanks for the OEM article plug!!)
iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Masq,

So I was able to get the flp file for the scsi drive from the link on your post (Thank you).  went through the repair, went through the setup (never asked me for key).  Loaded windows same message not genunine windows tried different keys no luck.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
What is the ProductID of the installed OS?
iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Masq,

Below is the product id, and it definetly is the oem, even after the reinstall/upgrade.  During that process it went through like regular install but never asked me for product key.  Only asked me to change product key after install was done and it gave not genuine windows error.

here is the product id


Andrew Hancock
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iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey Masq,

I think i figured out the issue. The iso I have is most likely oem also.  i went to i386 folder of the cd then opened up setupp.ini and pid said oem.  I am getting a retail version try the process and update.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
try and upgrade with a retail or volume key.

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iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey, Andrew/Masq/Everyone,

Thank you for very much for helping me out.  I  got the retail xp, when through the repair/upgrade, changed the key and it is working.  You guys are awesome, again thank you very much.
iamaidiotAuthor Commented:
Hey, Andrew/Masq/Everyone,

Thank you for very much for helping me out.  I  got the retail xp, when through the repair/upgrade, changed the key and it is working.  You guys are awesome, again thank you very much.
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