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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:48 pm 
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I recently decided to reinstall windows xp pro on my home computer (Dell Optiplex GX150). This computer I bought for a small amount from my former employer. The COA sticker on the side stated a product key for Windows 2000 which I guess was the original OS installed on it. It already contained Windows XP pro when I purchased it from my former employer. Before I started the install I ran a product key finder for the XP running on it and wrote it down. I used a windows genuine advantage kit for windows xp w/sp2 to reinstall xp. This disc is my parent's and I figured if I had my product key that I should be able to reinstall with this disc. Unfortunately it is not accepting my product key and stating that it is invalid. What can I do to remedy the situation? Could it be that my former employer used an OEM disc to install the xp and I am using a retail version?


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:53 pm 
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New2IT wrote:
Could it be that my former employer used an OEM disc to install the xp and I am using a retail version?


that would be my guess (or similar)


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:12 pm 
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that would be my guess (or similar)


If this is the issue would I need to purchase an OEM disc or is there another way around this issue? Also, would a Dell restore disc work with any product key despite if its retail or OEM?


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 Post Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:44 pm 
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New2IT wrote:
Could it be that my former employer used an OEM disc to install the xp and I am using a retail version?

Possible, but doubtful. It is much more likely they used a Volume License Media version of XP Pro, along with a Volume License Key (VLK). Those keys don't work with standard media, and vice versa. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:01 pm 
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I take it from your reply Scott, that I would either have access to a volume CD or need to buy a new product key/cd. Is there anyway other way I could reinstall without buying a new cd?


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New2IT wrote:
I take it... that I would either have access to a volume CD or need to buy a new product key/cd.

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Is there anyway other way I could reinstall without buying a new cd?

That depends on how you define "any way". <g> Scott.


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Is there any way to tell which type of key it is by looking? Do VLKs start with a TJ or AE for example?


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:21 pm 
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No and no. <g> Scott.


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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:33 am 
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New2IT wrote:
Before I started the install I ran a product key finder for the XP running on it and wrote it down.


Shoot! I wish I could have used that finder on a certain hard drive before I trashed its MBR and/or VBR last June. (For more about the incident in question, check out this thread.)


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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:26 am 
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That depends on how you define "any way". <g> Scott.


I know I could go with a light linux distro, but if you have any legal way that I could reinstall Windows XP on this computer without buying a new key/cd I would appreciate it :) I realize there must be some way that I could likely reinstall that Microsoft might not be so happy about but is not exactly illegal. Thanks for any info in advance!


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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:20 pm 
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That key would probably still work if you installed using VL media, however that would also not be legal since the VL key expired as soon as that system left the company that had the volume license. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:28 pm 
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*sigh* I don't want to buy a cd (strapped for cash at this time) and I don't have access to a volume cd. Oh well, I guess I will go with a light Linux distro. I don't mind using linux, but this is the family comp and will have to assist my wife in adjusting. Actually it is time to upgrade the family comp anyway so l will likely buy or build a comp in the near future.

Thanks as always Scott for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions. :)


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