Invalid Product Key in Windows XP
Originally posted on October
The not so good algorithm...
Microsoft is having a heck of
a time fielding off those darn pesky hackers out there from stealing
their product keys. Personally, I've had two instances where
I could not activate Windows XP over the net for a client on
a legally purchased copy of XP. When this happens, you'll install
your copy of XP and then when you go to activate it, it'll tell
you you have a Invalid Product Key and you'll have the opportunity
to call Microsoft.
When this happened to me, I called
the number but was then transferred to another number (maybe
the security or fraud dept) and was grilled for my information
like Name, address, phone etc.
But fear not kids. The gods at
Microsoft have a solution... in my situation they told me to
destroy the number on my sticker that came with the box and they
gave me a new one...
Anyway, if this happens to you,
please let me know here.
I'd love to start a database of these.
Here's a radio spot from CNET Radio (San Francisco
AM 910) of me talking to Demond Crisis about it.