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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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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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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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No and no. <g> Scott.


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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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*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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