Posted 02 July 2010 - 03:46 AM
I just used a Windows XP home edition CD to reinstall my friend's computer which originally had XP Pro. The problem is that I found out that his product key (on a sticker on the side of his dell computer) that came with the XP Pro CD will not work on XP Home. Also, from what I have read the install process is supposed to ask you for the product key but that didn't happen until after the computer was restarted after the installation was complete. Now when I go through the activation process it asks whether I would like to activate the install over the internet or the telephone. After looking up that process on the internet it seems that internet choice does not ask you for the product key nor does the telephone choice (you get a confirmation number but I am not sure if that would suffice as the product key.) i really don't want to give him the product key for the XP home, it's bad enough I gave him a copy, it would be worse if I gave him the XP home product key.
What I am asking; is how do I validate the computer without using the XP home product key? Will the activation over the internet use a copy of the XP Home product key or can I use the product key on the side of the computer for the telephone activation?