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XP Mode Activation issues

    Question

  • Can't seem to activate XP within MS Virtual PC on Windows 7 RC1 64bit.

    I've downloaded & installed "Windows XP Mode Beta" from the MS site.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0e8fa9b3-c236-4b77-be26-173f032f5159&displaylang=en

    It installs & runs OK but trips up when entering the provided Serial key K49H2-RPR94-QBGG4-DBCTM-****** from C:\Program Files\Virtual Windows XP

    Error "Message number 45116"
    Discovered Virtual XP can't regenerate the serial key when I was on the phone with MS Activations.

    Spent over an hour on the phone to MS, only to be told by a Level 2 tech, that my case is not supported because it's in beta mode.

    I've uninstalled/reinstalled XPM to no avail.
    I've even redownloaded XPM to see if I get a different serial key....turns out I got the same key...

    Hope someone can help.
    Monday, June 22, 2009 5:44 AM

Answers

  • You are using old VPC version. Windows Virtual PC will take care of activation, you don't need a key for that. Please uninstall Virtual PC 2007 and install Windows Virtual PC.


    Thanks, -Vinod -- "This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use."
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:26 AM

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  • To be very clear, by MS Virtual PC do you mean "Windows Virtual PC"? How did you installed Windows Virtual PC?
    The correct order is
    1) Install Windows Virtual PC from http://www.microsoft.com/virtualpc
    2) Install XPM VHD
    3) Click on "Virtual Windows XP" in start menu

    You won't see any screen requesting for password.


    Thanks, -Vinod -- "This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use."
    Monday, June 22, 2009 4:39 PM
  • Thanks for your reply.

    Here's what I did

    1. download "Virtual PC 2007 Beta Download"
    2. download "Windows XP Mode Beta" - for the XP image.
    3. Start "Microsoft Virtual PC"
    4. Install "Virtual PC 2007 Beta Download"
    5. Install "Windows XP 64bit Mode Beta" {VirtualWindowsXP.msi} 453MB. VHD, Key.txt & VXPEULA.txt is also in this folder
    6. Within "Virual PC Console" created a new instance & follow "Welcome to the new virual machine wizard"
    7. Point wizard to C:\Program Files\Virtual Windows XP\Virtual Windows XP.vhd & complete wizard.
    8. Open "Virtual PC Console" & run my XP instance
    9. Run through & complete my XP install, UN, PWD, location etc within Virual PC Console. No serial key needed here.
    10. When my XP install is complete, comence patching Windows XP.
    11. Then XP Activation msg appears within "XP session of Virtual PC Console"
    12. Enter my key from Key.txt {K49H2-RPR94-QBGG4-DBCTM-******} from "Windows XP 64bit Mode Beta" {C:\Program Files\Virtual Windows XP\ } where VHD, Key.txt & VXPEULA.txt is.
    13. Serial key is rejected. {Retry} button appears in lower RHSide. MSG 45116 also appears.
    14. This is where I start pulling my hair out cause I don't get what I'm missing!!!!!!
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:33 AM
  • You are using old VPC version. Windows Virtual PC will take care of activation, you don't need a key for that. Please uninstall Virtual PC 2007 and install Windows Virtual PC.


    Thanks, -Vinod -- "This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use."
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:26 AM
  • Thanks will give it a shot tomorrow & will keep you posted.
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 6:55 AM
  • I have a similar problem. My processor doesn't support hardware virtualization, so I assume Windows Virtual PC will refuse to run. However, the published info about Windows XP Mode Beta clearly implies that you can use other virtualization software, so I set up VirtualBox, installed Windows XP Mode Beta, copied the .vxd file out of Program Files to avoid permissions problems, and added it as a virtual machine in VirtualBox. It runs fine, but asks for activation; when I type or paste in the supplied product key it says the key is invalid. I can't see anything in the EULA to say that you have to run it under Windows Virtual PC, so is this a bug? How can I activate the Windows XP Mode Beta machine?

    PS If the key is not needed for activation, why is it supplied as part of the installation?

    Hope someone can help.
    Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:42 AM
  • To be very clear, by MS Virtual PC do you mean "Windows Virtual PC"? How did you installed Windows Virtual PC?
    The correct order is
    1) Install Windows Virtual PC from http://www.microsoft.com/virtualpc
    2) Install XPM VHD
    3) Click on "Virtual Windows XP" in start menu

    You won't see any screen requesting for password.


    Me again.....I haven't had a chance to work on this job until now.

    Either I've I haven't explained myself properly or I'm not getting it?

    I've alway been using Virtual PC version "Microsoft Virtual PC 6.0.156.0"
    Got from here:-
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    My XP Mode Beta image file is saying "Microsoft Vitual PC 2007" ...........& my problem is activating Windows XP within this session.
    So I'm guessing my XP Mode Beta image is old.......Can someone provide me with a link to get the most recent XP image file ... "Virtual Windows XP.vhd" & associated serial key.

    All my searches lead me to the same spot?

    Many thanks

    PS...Vinod, I assume when you say "password" you mean "serial key"??????
    PSS...I'm running a Virtualisation enabled proccesor (Q6600) with virtualisation enabled.
    Monday, June 29, 2009 6:39 AM
  •  As people have tried to point out, you are not running the version of VPC this forum is about. Virtual PC 2007 has been available for some time and is not new. What this forum is about is the new version of VPC which will only run on Windows 7. Go to this website

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/
     
    or do a web search for VPC 7.

      It should run happily on a Q6600. Virtual PC 2007 does not require hardware virtualisation.

    Bill
    Monday, June 29, 2009 7:12 AM
  • Hi

    So if I have a CPU that does not support hardware-assisted virtualisation, can I not use Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

    I have made an attempt, but keep being prompted to activate Windows XP.

    When I use the product key located in C:\Program Files\XP Mode, I'm told it is an 'Incorrect Product Key' and the Message Number is 45116.

    Thanks

    Anim8
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:12 AM
  •   The XP Mode version is designed to run under the Win 7 version of VPC. To run XP under VPC 2007, you need to install Windows XP just as you install any other OS -from the CD or from an iso file.

    Bill
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:54 AM
  • Thanks for clearing that up.

    Anim8
    Friday, September 18, 2009 12:48 PM
  • I have a similar problem. My processor doesn't support hardware virtualization, so I assume Windows Virtual PC will refuse to run. However, the published info about Windows XP Mode Beta clearly implies that you can use other virtualization software, so I set up VirtualBox, installed Windows XP Mode Beta, copied the .vxd file out of Program Files to avoid permissions problems, and added it as a virtual machine in VirtualBox. It runs fine, but asks for activation; when I type or paste in the supplied product key it says the key is invalid. I can't see anything in the EULA to say that you have to run it under Windows Virtual PC, so is this a bug? How can I activate the Windows XP Mode Beta machine?

    PS If the key is not needed for activation, why is it supplied as part of the installation?

    Hope someone can help.
    I have the EXACT same issue as the above.  I have a new PC with Windows 7 Pro.  The processor doesn't support hardware virtualization and thus I can't use Virtual PC.

    The documentation on Windows XP mode suggests that you can use other virtualization software, so I too setup VirtualBox as the person above did with the same results - runs fine; but can't activate as it says that the product key included with Windows XP Mode is apparently not valid.

    This is a major reason that I went with the professional version of 7.  The support # in the activation screen never let me get to a real person and simply stated that the key is invalid.

    MS, PLEASE HELP!!!!
    Saturday, December 05, 2009 3:16 PM
  • I too am having this exact same issue. I downloaded windows xp mode and got it installed on a single client just fine. However I sysprep’d the client and now none of the deployed virtual machines will activate. I am a volume license customer with software assurance. I am supposed to get a xp mode license which wach windows 7 pro or windows 7 enterprise license (we own many).

    However I can’t use xp mode on any of the clients I deployed it to as none of the machines activate. I followed Microsoft’s guide titled “Deploying windows XP Mode” to the T and am still having issues. Clearly Microsoft hasn’t worked out the bugs in the deployment process.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 3:48 PM