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Old 01-06-2007, 06:54 AM   #1
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hi guys, i'm looking at formatting and reinstalling windows xp on my friends computer. at the moment she is running windows xp home edition service pack 1 (OEM). i have a genuine windows xp home edition service pack 2 disk. my question is, can i format her computer, then reinstall windows using my xp disk, but using her original product regestration key? is this legal in microsoft terms? will she be able to receive windows updates after installation???
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:06 AM   #2
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think you have a problem there

it wouldn't work for me when my daughtewrs pre installedsystem went awol

I tried to install from my genuine xp home cd ,but using her oem key

no go ! wouldn't accept it

but found this it may help

https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum...fm/636601.html
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Hi,

The issue will be that not all copies of the XP Home installation CD are the same. [ Some are more equal than others :-) ]

Some will be OEM ( Dell, Compaq, etc. ) other of course will be Microsoft Original CD's

Other CD's may only be the computer manufacturers recovery CD. This then accesses a hidden partition or hidden data on the hard drive.

You would need a copy of the XP Home CD that exactly matches the Licence Key she has. There is however no easy way AFAIK to check which CD's will work with which Licence keys.

What recovery CD's or such were supplied with the computer.

You can check that the Licence key on the sticker on the base of the machine is actually legal by phoning Microsoft.


hth

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my question is, can i format her computer, then reinstall windows using my xp disk, but using her original product regestration key?
Is your disk an OEM if so yes you can use it and put her license in when prompted.

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is this legal in microsoft terms?
Not sure if Microsoft has terms on this but as long as you use the license that came with the computer it is legal

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will she be able to receive windows updates after installation???
You will most likely need to call Microsoft to activate it anyhow, and then yes she should recieve updates
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well guys and girls,after a bit of research, i discovered that my "genuine" windows xp disc is actually an OEM version. with that in mind, i went ahead and reformatted and reinstalled windows. activation was successful and windows update works a treat. sorry if i misled anybody, (unintentional), many thanks to you all for your replies. especially 'geekgirl', not just for your reply, your avatar is fantastic lol.
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