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 Post subject: Windows XP reinstallation and activation
 Post Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 12:53 pm 
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I have a legitimate copy of Windows XP Home Edition (upgrade version) that
I use from time to time when reinstalling on my personal machine. My
neighbor has a Dell with XP Home on it _but does not_ have a recovery disk
for it, I'm not sure if he could get a recovery disk for it at this point
since he is the second owner and the computer itself is around 3 or 4 years
old at this point.

In fact he can get one set of recovery discs from Dell for *free* by simply
filling out the form here:

Dell Request Duplicate CDs: http://tinyurl.com/v8fdt

While I recommend ordering the CDs no matter what (they are free after
all), in the mean time if the original hard drive is still installed, and
the system was shipped on or after 7/16/2004 in the Americas or 8/30/2004
in Europe, then the hard drive should contain a Dell PC Restore (product
recovery) partition which can be used to reload the operating system and
software to the original state in which it was shipped from Dell. See the
following article for more information.

How do I use the Dell PC Restore Utility?: http://tinyurl.com/yu57nq

Using either the recovery CDs or recovery partition are perhaps the easiest
and most recommended methods to restore this system as doing so will
restore the OEM SLP (Original Equipment Manufacturer System Locked
Pre-installation) version of Windows XP. The advantage there is that
activation will never be required, as SLP versions are permanently
activated on the OEM systems for which they were designed.

If I ever have to reinstall XP on it can I do so using my XP disk so long
as I use his product key (on the back of his computer) when calling in to
validate. And is this legal? Thank you very much for your time.

What you are considering will work as long as the version you are
installing (i.e. Home, Media Center, Pro) is the same as what is listed on
the COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) sticker on the system. Unfortunately
if you do that, you will have to go through the telephone activation
process (and answer the questions properly), because starting on Feb. 28,
2005 on-line activation automatically fails using OEM COA keys:
http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/partner ... ation.mspx

Also unlike SLP versions which are permanently activated, a system
activated using the COA key may require re-activation in the future if the
hardware is significantly upgraded or changed, if you perform a
reinstallation, etc: http://tinyurl.com/ay57c

Another method of preserving OEM SLP status is to make a new Windows XP
install CD using a copy of an OEM system builder CD
http://tinyurl.com/2efcb6 as a starting point, adding the proper OEMBIOS
files and using the hidden OEM SLP key: http://tinyurl.com/2hpq4z (Note
that the OEM SLP key is not the same as the COA key). Unfortunately I'm not
sure if your upgrade disc will work as a base for this, if you try it let
me know.

Since all of these methods either preserve the OEM SLP (pre-activated)
status, or require activation using the legitimate COA key, they all should
technically comply with MS licensing terms. Scott.

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