How can I use my valid product key XP Pro SP2 with my drive OEM XP Pro SP3 and still meet the requirements of Microsoft Genuine?

I had to wipe my hard drive due to a battle lost by a virus. My installation of XP Pro SP2 disk disappeared, so I used my XP Pro SP3 OEM disc to install Windows. When I used my valid product key XP Pro SP2 I was shocked to receive an invalid product key. I always ran Microsoft Genuine product and would like to know how to reach a genine advantage accreditation with my present prediciment. Any help would be appreciated and we thank you in advance.

Hi KevinDitner,
I'm afraid, but you can't do that. Your product key Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) should be used only for the laptop which came with it.
You can get the CD of Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2) by contacting the Support team customer Microsoft.
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