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Help My Moms Computer Is "crazy"

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#1 ashlee_brooks


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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:32 PM

My mom got a computer from my aunt and she didn't give her the xp cd nor does she have it any longer. I really need to reformat the computer but that is impossible without the cd. If I download a key finder and get the windows xp serial number can I use any windows xp to reformat, and can I bee 100% sure that the key finder with give me the correct key?

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 09:22 PM

Ashlee, You can get the key by using Belarc advisor which can be found here:


The key will be under Software Licenses. My suggestion is that you copy the key, paste it to Notepad, and print it out.

You can use a borrowed XP disk and your key-just make sure you use the correct version.
If the installed version is Home, you must use a Home disk. And if Pro, obviously you would need a Pro disk.

There are other programs which will do the same thing as Belarc-others can supply the names of those programs.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:10 PM

that is not entirely true depending on the xp disc your recieve sinse there are so many in circulation the cd for your current version is not gauranteed to work. Infact you would prolly wanna make sure its within the same service pack release at least. If it is a brand name computer usually u can order a new disc for a fee somtimes free (if you complain and say you never recieved one) wich will probally be your best bet seeing as you will have one in your possesion after that.

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