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Solved: Quick XP Key Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by pllobell, Sep 9, 2009.

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  1. pllobell

    pllobell Thread Starter

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    Hey -

    I'm working on a computer for my cousin. It's custom built (by whom, I don't know) with a XP Pro OEM Cert of Authenticity on the side. I'm debating whether to spend the time cleaning it up or just do a straight format/install.

    I have both Dell and HP OEM discs. Will they work with the OEM key on the side of the computer?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hi,

    The Dell and HP ones will most likely report to you that they are for a Dell / HP machine and will NOT install on a custom PC. The Dell might install but not Activate and you would have to call the toll free number and explain to a MS rep what you had to do.....and, they might give you a new Key, so keep that in mind.....but most likely the HP will not install at all.

    You can legally use a plain OEM XP Pro CD that you borrow, as long as you use the Product Key found on the COA on the side of your case. It should work fine- you might also need to use a Service Pack 2 Pro CD if that was what was installed and what goes with the COA Key....

    The Product Key on the side of the case just has to match the type of XP Pro CD you use to install. Once you know the information, you can record it somehow for next time and won't have to go through all this.
     
  3. pllobell

    pllobell Thread Starter

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    Ok, thanks. I'll dig up a straight XP Pro OEM CD. I don't mind going through the activation process since it has a legit key, I'd just rather avoid the hassle of getting stuck at the key entry page.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Byteman

    Byteman Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hi,

    Very good....please come back when you can afterward, and let us know if you were successful... your experiences help guide others who are reading threads. Thanks!
     
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