|Kind of difficult to tell. Recovery cd's are tied to some part of the system sometimes. Not sure where the product key came from. |
Dell uses OEM keys that don't activate through MS, they simply control keys. I doubt it would be worth the risk in money to even try it.
Since you would need to also get a hard drive, consider using a live cd. Try Mint 8 and see if it is good enough to be used.
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Les Paul (1915-2009)