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#1 bintyre

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:17 PM

Bought a used IBM laptop with Win XP Pro on it. Worked fine for about 1 1/2 years, but now having major problems. Would like to format the HD and do a clean install of XP, however did not get the CD with the computer. A friend gave me a copy of Win XP Pro Corporate Edition. Did a Belarc and have the product key. Question: can I use the copy of Win XP and enter my product key? Will this work or not? Thanks

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 07:42 PM

Probably not. You will need an original disk, or sometimes an OEM version will do the trick.
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Posted 08 January 2006 - 07:42 PM

bintyre,

You can copy your CD of Windows XP and pass it out to 10 of your friends, you can use the same CD-key on all 11 installations. The first one to activate will work, the other 10 will stop working after a month. Thus, piracy is reduced.

For large corporations that wish to roll out XP on thousands of boxes this might be quite a problem, since they usually use network shares and install Windows on every computer in their company using the same CD-key. Thus, MS created a strain of XP that did not require activation. This version is usually called a "Corporate Edition" of Windows XP.

As luck would have it, software pirates all over the world are passing around one of the first corporate versions of Windows XP (known as "Devilsown or Devils0wn"), and so this single copy (with it's single CD-Key) can be found on hundreds of thousands of computers all over the world. Thus, piracy is reduced only amongst the non-warez-savvy. Typically, WPA will only affect legitimate customers, who are frustrated because Windows stopped working after they installed their new HP CD-Burner.

So if you want to sell or buy a copy of XP, make sure it's a virgin copy that's never been activated. Once deflowered, it's worthless to the buyer.


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Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:03 PM

You could always pick a legit copy of Windows 2000 Pro or about $60 or XP Home for about $100.
If there are work arounds we cannot discuss them here. That would be promoting an illegal activity. I hate to be blunt, but piracy is a subject we take very seriously. We don't even allow abstract talk on the subject.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:31 AM

Just FYI - here's the labeling scheme for the CD's:
RTM (SP0): http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=226
SP1: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=283
SP2: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=342
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 02:12 AM

Last summer when I decided to reinstall WinXP Pro, I found out the CD I had was not a bootable CD!

I was uncertain as how to proceed. A computer friend of mine suggested I could always use the boot disks available from Microsoft. I went to Microsoft's web site and did find a downloaded that creates six floppy disks which you can use to get the very basic starting of an installation, but you do still need a Win CD! This worked just find and have not had any problems with XP. Yes, I did have a product key, but found out when I wanted to download the latest DirectX that my product key was one of those bootlegged corporate product codes, so I had to pay Microsoft $149 just to get a legitimate product code. They also sent me a 'Genuine Windows' CD. So I'm now good to go whenever I again decide to reinstall WIn XP Pro.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 07:23 PM

Sorry I asked that question. Didn't think it would be illegal to use the Product Key for the XP software already installed on the computer. Guess one shouldn't buy a used computer without getting the CDs. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:07 PM

You are correct. That is why computers with the software are more expensive. I was not trying to be mean. The EULA that come with Windows does require you to have the CD, manual, and COA at the site where the computer is being used.
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