So, I have two legal copies of XP Home. One is an “upgrade,” and the other is the one that came with my dell laptop.
I go to install the “upgrade” one on my computer from which I took a HD and added a bigger one. It asks me for a full copy of windows, since that disc is just an upgrade, so I feed the monster with my other disc. Note that the computer that I’m working on used to have windows on it.
During this process, it never asks me for the 25 digit product key. Weird.
So everything goes OK, until I go to register. It now asks me for the key, and I feed it the key from the “upgrade” disc, and it doesn’t like it. I give it the one from the other one, and it doesn’t like it, so I call the 888 number and talk to a recorded lady. (Talk here is literal, it was one of those terrible ones where you say things to a recording.)
She tells me that my copy of Windows isn’t valid for activation… THEN HANGS UP ON ME. (Thank goodness that I’m gay, or I’d be hurt that I was getting rejected by a recording of a woman!)
Is there some way to talk to a real person about this?