My netbook's hard drive broke down and Windows XP was no longer able to boot. I rescued the data and copied everything (cloned) onto a new disk. Even though the disk was exactly the same model, Windows XP complained about a missing driver.
To complicate things further, I grabbed one of the Windows XP Recovery CDs I had produced with another installation years ago and built a Windows XP CD with it, slipstreamed the appropiate driver and had choosen a recovery install on the netbook machine. Even though the netbook came with a legal Windows XP copy, activation fails with the product key from the Certificate of Authenticity from the back of the netbook back.
What are the next steps for activation? Do I have to change product keys? Does it matter that I used a Dell OEM CD to build the recovery CD with appropiate drivers? After purchasing a new product key, will it activate?
PS: In the system properties dialog, it shows me the a 20 character long key that seems to be currently active with "OEM" in it.