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Dell XP Product Key?

June 26, 2010 at 20:04:03
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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that my friend gave me. He bought it with XP Home and a few years later he upgraded it to XP Pro. Now i have it and i don't have an XP CD-ROM. I lost my drive to stupidity and i have a new drive now. I still have the XP Pro sticker on the side. Is there any way that i can install XP Pro from fresh using the same product key? if so, how would i?

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#1
June 26, 2010 at 20:29:51

"i don't have an XP CD-ROM. I lost my drive to stupidity and i have a new drive now"

What does a CD-ROM drive have to do with anything? If you have an XP disc, just pop it in the CD-ROM drive, boot off it & reinstall XP using the key on the case.

Why do you want to reinstall XP in the 1st place?


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#2
June 26, 2010 at 20:31:24

Many machines require OEM disks to use the sticker on the machine (and if memory serves, the Dimension 2400 is one of those), you may have some luck with this:

https://www.pacificgeek.com/product.asp?id=62617

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
June 26, 2010 at 20:40:58

jam, no. i lost my HARD drive, and i don't have an xp cd-rom DISK. And i have personal reasons for wanting to dual boot opensuse and xp.

T-R-A, thank you for pointing me in the right direction. is there any way i could download the xp pro iso for free and put it on a disk or flash drive and make it bootable?


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#4
June 26, 2010 at 22:30:02

If you contact Dell they "may" send you a replacement OEM disk; or a recovery set...

Likewise - you can get a "generic" OEM disk via eBay etc. and use that - being aware that it is (normally) a dedicated to that system only - once you register/activate the installation with M$... And also there are often "Dell" badged OEM disks out there too...

But first contact Dell; then trawl eBay (and the www in general) for a either a suitable OEM - or prefereably a full version disk... Even an Upgrade (non OEM) is viable too... as long as you have an earlier qualifying OS CD to hand ('98/ME)?

You may find either or both Home and Pro disks around on eBay and the www in general; likewise in some computer-fairs/clearance houses...


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#5
June 26, 2010 at 23:48:59

Dell Systems recovery disks consist of a full version of the
operating system and a disk with drivers/utilities on. So you can
use any XP pro disk, preferably with Service Pack 2 (more likely
to work immediately with the CD Key on the side of the case)
and then use the service tag on the back of the case to find the
exact model page on Dell's website so you can download the
drivers.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#6
June 27, 2010 at 01:13:10

Might be useful be aware whether or not the original installation - and its associated "key" on the side of Dell case - is/was OEM or not. If it's OEM then it will include OEM in the "key" - and thus one can only use an OEM disk to re-install. If not an OEM then either full or Upgrade disk will do?

Also do not some (all?) DELL system have a recovery partition on the drive itself - a "hidden" area at physical start of drive... To activate/use this approach...

http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/tips/...


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#7
June 27, 2010 at 09:48:47

"is there any way i could download the xp pro iso for free"

Legally and "safely" (without the potential for other nasties to infect your system), no....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#8
July 7, 2010 at 21:49:57

thank everyone that was helpful. to the others, i think i explained that i have the NON-OEM disk. And i explained that i DON'T have the harddrive, so the partition is gone.

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#9
July 7, 2010 at 23:28:44

OK... To clarify... as I understand it...: if you have a legitimate key (on the sticker on the PC case/housing) then provided the XP disk you use to install the OS afresh uses the same style of key; and is likely the same version - Home or Pro accordingly - you can use any disk to install the OS and that sticker-key to authenticate etc.?

You will of course need ideally a full version - or an upgrade (providing you have a qualifying OS install disk to hand as well).

You can use an OEM version - as long as it's not one "fixed" for a specific branc of PC. eBay has OEM - non-fixed as it were - usually for not too many £££/$$$ etc.; and occasionally one can find none OEM full/upgrade disks too... But as you have a valid non OEM key already... I wouldn't seriously consider pursuing that option...; use a standard full/upgrade disk instead...

Also I don't think you're breaking any rules if you were to copy an XP installation disk - as long as "you have a legitimate key" - that "you" own and is effectively registered to/for you and your system...?

But as this was a Dell system originally... again perhaps chat up Dell and see what they may oblige...? Possibly they will offer/provide (for a few pennies...) a full XP disk?

Dell have been known to help out when a Dell installed drive goes down and the new/replacement drive obviously won't have that hidden/recovery partition...

You may also need to acquire (download) the drivers for the system as is (or was) - not the least motherboard chipset drivers - from Dell site.


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#10
July 8, 2010 at 09:13:40

ebay has Dell branded XP disk. The dell branded disk will not ask for the key because it auto installs one it's SLP. The key on your case is if you ever have a major hardware change or if you borrow a regular OEM XP CD you will need the key when asked.


http://computers.shop.ebay.com/i.ht...

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#11
July 8, 2010 at 09:18:24

"Also do not some (all?) DELL system have a recovery partition on the drive itself - a "hidden" area at physical start of drive... To activate/use this approach..."

Not if there was a new drive. And only in XP it is hidden.Vista you see the files but better too leave them alone. All the XP hidden partition allt hey are is ghost files and some folders with batch files

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#12
July 8, 2010 at 12:43:31

It was implicit in my comment re' Deell systems that the drive in question "was" a Dell supplied/installed drive - when system first deliverd... Logically if that drive is replaced... then sed partition will be absent. And there are accounts of Dell (and also HP etc.) helping out when the original drive is replaced (and thus no hidden/recovery partition)...

Having used a hidden/recovery partition approach with an Acer... I know it has everything required with in it to restore a crippled system to factory gate status. And presumbly that is the same with Dell etc...

Wasn't aware of the Vista scene; many thanks for that snippet... Avoided Vista like unto the plague...

Poster advises (s)he has full version (none OEM) XP disk too...; and is presumably now well aware that if the sticker key is OEM then it won't work with a non OEM disk - and visa-versa... Key has to be same style as disk used to install...


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#13
July 8, 2010 at 19:05:43

BTW on the Compaq Presario I had when you replaced the drive and ran the recovery disk either from HP or the ones you made the disk would examine the harddrive if the recovery partition was not there the Recovery DVD or CD'S will rebuild the partition takes longer though. So that means if you replace or upgrade the harddrive in an HP then use their recovery DVD you would have the option of the partition.I have done this twice on my desktop and an older HP from my church. The one from Church has XP. Not sure how they do Windows 7.

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#14
July 9, 2010 at 06:30:54

"Christopher..." Useful snippet to know... re' Compaq - takk for that...

trvlr


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#15
July 12, 2010 at 16:11:22

"Christopher..." Useful snippet to know... re' Compaq - takk for that...

trvlr

What do you mean? will you please translate that to hick language so I can understand? Sorry my space key does not work sometimes.

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#16
July 13, 2010 at 01:19:07

snippet = a "small" fragment or piece of information - or material even...; as in snipped (cut) off or from a larger source or piece. Often one might have a snip of fabric, usually of a corner (or a small strip) as a sample or whatever to show and share with others... Term has been in use in common English English (as opposed to US/Canadian/Aussie etc. English...?) for as long as I've been around... and that's longer than I might care to advertise...

takk = Swedish (and also in my childhood dialect - which has very strong Swedish/Scandinavian influences) for thank you... Some suggest it's where the English slang term "ta" - which also means thank you - may also have originated...

Thus = thank you for that little bit of information...?


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#17
July 21, 2010 at 21:43:58

now i'm wondering. i'm not sure if it is retail or oem. i am stupid with windows. i use linux. i know that they bought the computer new with xp home pre-installed. when i got it a few years later, it had xp pro on it. i'm guessing it's retail, but the coa says DELL directly underneath "Windows XP Professional 1-2CPU" is it oem or retail?

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#18
July 22, 2010 at 00:25:39

I think...OEM keys include the three letters OEM as part of the license/key...; or at least the info that is within the ijnstalled OS itself - not sure if it's one the case sticker too...

for an installed system possibly this helps:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/ViewK...

and this discusses the various types of installation and the case stickers...:

http://www.technibble.com/how-to-te...

As I say I can't recall just now if the case sticker has OEM within the number sequence there or not; it is within the installation itself for sure... But as the pics in the link above show - it is usually indicated on the COA/case-sticker as part of the label/descriptor..?


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#19
July 22, 2010 at 01:37:37

@trvlr
"takk" is actually the Norwegian spelling, in Swedish it's "tack". The pronounciation is the same, and you were close enough ;)

Nigel

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OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional OEM
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#20
July 22, 2010 at 02:07:23

"tack" - as in a small nail for fixing carpets firmly to the floor... - for that snippet...

Have seen it spelt with the double "k" as being allegedly Swedish; possibly a typo, or else by someone who didn't know the difference between the two languages... - and likely by a Brit (who it is well know usually murder non-English languages as a matter of course - and natural duty...).

My Norwegian was (still is) limited to: "Do you speak Norse?"; and "Where is the Norwegian seamens' hotel...?"

Very useful in London, Bayswater/Lancaster gate area in the swinging 60's...


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#21
July 22, 2010 at 10:03:18

Re #8

"thank everyone that was helpful. to the others, i think i explained...."

Maybe some folk missed those points which came along later - nobody is perfect. Best not to effectively "unthank" helpers on forums otherwise they may not bother assisting with any future posts.

Long Range Golfer


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#22
July 22, 2010 at 13:10:13

I don't understand what the problem is? As long as you have a legal product key (COA), it doesn't matter where you get the disc from. You certainly don't have to buy one. Just beg, borrow or steal one from a friend of relative, or download a copy from the internet. It is NOT the disc that is legal or illegal, it's the product key!

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#23
July 22, 2010 at 21:19:02

exactly - and again with the reminder that the style of disk (OEM, retail etc) must use a COA same style/flavour as the COA he has. OEM COA uses an OEM disk; retail a retail disk etc...

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#24
July 22, 2010 at 22:24:50

The computer originally came with WinXP home and you are attempting to install pro. The keys are not inter-changeable.

In order for your friend to upgrade to XP pro he had to use an upgrade disk and install key (a waste of time and cash IMO). Therefore you need the upgrade disk and the upgrade install key.


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