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.
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.