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How to tell the type of Windows XP key


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#1 Joombaga

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:10 AM

I am reinstalling Windows XP on a computer. I don't know how XP was installed on this computer originally. I used Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to get the key, and the program tells me that it's XP Pro, but how do I tell if it's OEM, Retail, VLK, or Upgrade? Is there a program that could tell me that? I know that if you used the wrong type of key to activate, then the WGA site will tell you what type of key you have, but I don't know if there's a place to check the key type without validation.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:15 AM

Take a read, How To Tell...

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:17 AM

I used a program to get the key; I don't have a sticker or packaging.

Also, I've tried OEM and Retail discs, and neither worked. SO I'm left with VLK and upgrade. I'll figure it out by trial and error, but for future reference I'd still like to find a program that can just tell me what type of key it is

Edited by Joombaga, 01 October 2010 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:28 AM

Try the Belarc Advisor - that contains info on software licences

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:31 AM

I can't run any software on the computer that I'm reformatting. The existing OS is in an unusable state.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:43 AM

Well...it all seems irrelevant to me...pardon my stupidity :thumbsup:.

If you have a single key and a single means of install...the folks at PA will let you know if they don't match. They are the final authority.

I don't see where knowing that beforehand...has any impact at all on the sequence of events that must transpire.

I have several licenses for XP in my name. When I have unintentionally used the wrong license with a given install...I was informed of such (courteously) and I then went back and looked at my list and chose the correct one for that particular system.

I didn't find that painful.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:45 AM

If you have the product key this should be all you need to make the installation.

The question is, are you using a installation disk which is the same as the operating system that is installed?

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:54 AM

I have ONE key and multiple means of install. The point is that I don't know what kind of installation disk to use.

If I know what kind of key I have, then I don't have to restart the installation up to 4 times to be sure I get the right disk.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:11 AM

If you can post the make and model of this computer we should be able to help you to determine that.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:32 PM

It's an HP Pavilion XL844. I'm not sure how the model of the computer is going to help. It didn't come with Windows XP.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:37 PM

Id be willing to bet that you will probably need an OEM Installation CD for Windows XP.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:42 PM

Yeah, so was I. I'm looking for my VL ISO now.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:49 PM

Yeah, so was I. I'm looking for my VL ISO now.



I hope that is a legitimate copy of a volume license CD.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:40 PM

I hope that is a legitimate copy of a volume license CD.


The CD is legitimate, but I don't think the key is. I'll just give them one of my retail keys.



To clarify:
What I'm looking for is a program or website that I can enter a Windows key into, and the program will (ideally) tell me if the key is Home, Pro, VL, OEM, Retail, etc.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:07 PM

That is an OEM version.

Edited by dc3, 01 October 2010 - 05:33 PM.

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