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Activating a virtualized, downgraded machine RRS feed

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  • Hello all and thank you for your time.  I took over a customer from a previous technician who had virtualized a few XP machines that were necessary for a business to operate.  2 of the 3 virtualized without issue, but the 3rd will not activate.  It was a Vista Business machine downgraded to XP a long time ago.  It fails to activate with either the XP key or the Vista key found on the old, physical box. 

    Without activation, it will log off and not allow me into Windows at all.  I used to be able to call Microsoft, explain a piece of hardware was faulty and they could authorize over the phone.  Now it just states that the key is invalid and hangs up.  Ideas?

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:51 PM

Answers

  • The only solution is to find a legitimate Activation Key for Windows XP.  This is strictly a peer-to-peer user forum that is essentially independent from Microsoft in matters such as this.

    Have you tried staying on the phone until someone actually answers it so you can discuss the issue?


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:01 PM
  • Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP and will no longer assist with activating it.

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, June 8, 2014 8:07 AM
    Moderator
  • Downgrade rights to Windows XP from Windows Vista were only applicable to preinstalled OEM versions of Windows Vista Business edition.  Since it was an OEM license, it cannot be used again in a virtualized PC.

    Carey Frisch

    Monday, June 30, 2014 5:38 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • The only solution is to find a legitimate Activation Key for Windows XP.  This is strictly a peer-to-peer user forum that is essentially independent from Microsoft in matters such as this.

    Have you tried staying on the phone until someone actually answers it so you can discuss the issue?


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:01 PM
  • Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP and will no longer assist with activating it.

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, June 8, 2014 8:07 AM
    Moderator
  • Downgrade rights to Windows XP from Windows Vista were only applicable to preinstalled OEM versions of Windows Vista Business edition.  Since it was an OEM license, it cannot be used again in a virtualized PC.

    Carey Frisch

    Monday, June 30, 2014 5:38 PM
    Moderator