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Kerri Ann

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i bought a used computer from someone that they had assumed dead. i have repaired it, and i had to format the hard drive. there is a "certificate of authenticity" for windows xp home edition, with the product key on the back. of course, after a format, any os that was on it is gone, but i would like to know if i can still use the key to reinstall xp. finding the microsoft phone number has proved to be like chasing my tail....
 
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Sure, you can use any key you like as long as no one else in the world has the same copy loaded on their PC somewhere in the world.
 

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If you have the PC with the "certificate of authenticity", you now possess the license. I'd find the find someone with an OEM edition and format away. If someone else is using that key, they're the ones that have the illegal copy now.
 

Kerri Ann

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thanks so much johnwill, thats exactly what i was hoping to hear!
 
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