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Dell xp home Coa update question


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#1 stanpatpick

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:38 AM

I have added some details to clarify the post after reading the first response( in a different font )

I am fixing a system for a friend.

The machine he brought to me was a Dell Dimension 8400 loaded with XP PRO the last time I saw it running. ( It probably wasn't legal and there was no install cd for it. )

The hard drive in it crashed fatally.

I bought a Dell XP Home edition Reinstallation Disc to match the coa on the side of his case ( It is for Home Edition ) thinking that he would just need to update the coa in the OS install at some point to match his.

I have installed all XP updates and at no point have I been asked for a coa key. The machine is already activated as far as I know from installing MS Security Essentials and previous updates. It was a requirement.

The coa code I found using Belarc Advisor doesn't match the one on the side of his case.

Should it?

If so do I need to use the microsoft site to change the key information or some other tool?

Edited by stanpatpick, 24 June 2010 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:47 AM

You cannot legally install either XP Home or XP Pro...without the respective license for each.

Home licenses are not transferable to Pro installs...and Pro licenses are not transferable to Home installs.

Been that way for years, they are different versions.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:29 AM

Answer found @msfn forums - the cd has key that is preactivated and since the bios of the mobo recognized it and installed it is good to go without any further steps.




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