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If i use Belarc to get the product key off one PC at a nonprofit. Clark says May 11, 2010 at 11:32 am Several months ago, a question was posed if there is a way to determine what OS a COA is licensed for. I have installed a Dell Dimension Windows XP Pro Disc on an older Compaq laptop just to see if the laptop still ran. If it says the name of any computer company on it, it's OEM. navigate here

ConnerPublisherLulu.comISBN0557395364, 9780557395361  Export CitationBiBTeXEndNoteRefManAbout Google Books - Privacy Policy - TermsofService - Blog - Information for Publishers - Report an issue - Help - Sitemap - GoogleHome Home Forums Search Forums Recent If they've got a brightly-coloured 8.5×11 paper folder with a CD holder and a license key on the folder itself, its a retail copy. The installation will continue and complete.

2. We are not a non profit and I would never in a million years resort to torrents or piracy.

Can the window XP bought “Only for distribution with a new PC” be used for a laptop? How are you going to explain that even though you didn’t do anything wrong – the computer is dead. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password? Your request for "standardized OEM media" for XP is understandable, but it ain't gonna happen---why would MS spend one cent on a product that it no longer sells to fix an

The product key update tool was developed for one reason, to allow customers to change out a nongenuine XP Pro Volume Licensing Key for the genuine XP Pro key printed on No, create an account now. It will upgrade it to pro and ask you for your pro key. Please enter a valid email address.

However the update will involve a compltete re-install of the operating system so you should ensure you have all data and programs backed up before you attempt it. If the PK is nongenuine, there's a pretty good chance that it was KeyGened to fit the Volume Licensing algorithm. A lot of sites all over the net have you making a LOT more changes than these. It will be legal and it will not require activation and it will pass WGA because it uses the "license" that comes with the computer.

Show Ignored Content As Seen On Welcome to Tech Support Guy! Fact: A windows key will work on one computer, but not another. You should see "Microsoft" and "GENUINE" printed at an uphill angle (L to R) when you tilt the CoA on an angle to the slight source. If it says "Upgrade", It's Retail.

Unless I am missing something you will need either a retail or oem media disc depending on what your single-lic key originated as. Upgrade - To upgrade from a previous operating system Branded - Specifically branded copies from large computer manufacturers like Dell Action pack - Was part of the Microsoft Action Pack Volume We now tell the customer that we are sorry and they will need to either contact the OEM for recovery media or purchase a new COA. Since you're using a warez XP disc, it likely checks for SLP keys which this computer probably has.

Others can participate in the Microsoft refurbisher program. check over here While the technical aspect of resetting a password is easy, the security and procedural side is not as straight forward. I base this on the fact that if you load one successfully but are prompted to call Microsoft for Activation, they don't seem to know. So in short, you'll need a ton of XP disks in all flavors and varieties…..and soon all of that will be useless anyway as Microsoft will stop supporting 32-Bit Hardware/Software.

Same thing in any combination. On a side note, I stumbled across this site two days ago and have yet to close my browser. What if the sticker on the PC says NEC not OEM what is that? his comment is here JJ says November 29, 2007 at 6:01 pm Oh, and one added point.

of the day. Victor says July 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm I have an IBM Thinkpad laptop and I have an OEM product key on the laptop without installatin CD, I need to re-install Microsoft does it this way because it doesn't want people installing "Microsoft" software of unknown origin on computers. #8 RebateMonger, Oct 10, 2008 HannibalX Diamond Member Joined: May 12, 2000

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if your media got dead .. Bryce W says January 29, 2010 at 11:45 am Granto, noone is going to show you the key over E-Bay. This could come in useful if someone has lost their CD and needs to use another CD (be it a friend's or a copied CD or whatever CD for that matter) At what point does the computer change from the original equipment?

davinder singh says June 3, 2009 at 12:13 am i m not satisfied with this answer because there is file in windows cd which contains some code. xp? Newer Than: Search this thread only Search this forum only Display results as threads Useful Searches Recent Posts More... weblink MissouriMark says February 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm Hey Teo - I believe the rules described above that apply to the OEM and Retail version, also apply to the Volume disks.

for example, one is not to distribute the oem discs with other used systems, they are to be distributed with a new system. Thank You. Is there another way to find out? Add onto that the different versions of XP Retail as well.

well.. If it doesn't say that, it's Retail. Before then any fake PK would just have to fit the algorithm, and any KeyGen can crank out one of those; (3) you are not entering the PK correctly (the letter If your windows updates suddenly start informing you your software might be pirated then its time for the change over.

I started thinking perhaps the key is not valid myself as I triedour Windows XP Partner Program Media (SP1), Dell Media (SP2), Retail Media (SP2) [I did not expect to work] can't remember if it needs activation. That's right. You can use an OEM disk to reinstall using a key from a "Branded" copy.

How can I figure out the license type? You have NO WAY of knowing whether malware was injected into the bits before they were put up on the site for download. I have tried this a bunch of times myself. XP Media Center - invalid key Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by duckyluck, Jun 7, 2006.

Thanks Sootie says March 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm John, Your dell desktop CD will work (it is an OEM version and your sticker will more than likely be a OEM