Windows Product Code

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Windows Product Key
Windows XP
During a recent thunder storm My computer took a elec spike and burned up the mother board I bought another board, installed my processor in it . I had to reinstall the OS also, after booting up the computer I was asked to inter the product code. I did and it was refused. Do I have to purchase another copy of my OS. I'm not putting it into two computers. Please help The computer is a Dell

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Windows should provide you with a phone number to call. You will need to call them so that they can setup the key to allow you to re-register the key for the reinstall.

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    When you install Windows XP, part of the validation procedure involves creating a “hardware hash” that is unique to the machine. This hardware hash is stored along with the product key somewhere in the bowels of Microsoft’s validation database. Usually changing a hard drive or memory will not make a big enough change to require a re-register. A new mother board though would defiantly seem to be a new computer. I've had to do this a few times, and it takes less than 10 minutes, and is very easy. Good Luck ************************************************
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