homer February 5, 2009 at 14:39:52 Specs: XP, P4 2.4 1GB
I have a Dell Notebook that came with XP. It came with recovery disks, but I have lost them. My xp product code sticker is on the bottom of my notebook, so I wondered if I could use my friends store-bought copy of XP and enter my code? Will it allow me to do that?
You should be able to create your own set of disks to be used in case you need to restore to a new hard drive. You should already be able to restore by accessing the restore files on a second hidden partition on your hard drive.
I strongly suggest you read your manual for help on how to create those disks. You will only get one shot at doing it so do it right the first time.
ok as for using the OEM home key, yes but you need a special copy of xp, not normally available to public.
a way around that is by simply using your friends disc, and his respective key, make sure you do not connect to the internet. then give magic jelly bean keyfinder ( a slightly older version) a whirl on your laptop and change the windows serial to the one on your sticker.
If this is not acceptible for this site, plz remove this. im not sure if this breaks the eula of windows but im sure its sketchy as hell :)
If your friend's store bought disc is the same xp home=home and vice versa, then you can do a repair install but you have to use the XP number ON THE DISC to load up the repair. Then when you you are done and it asks you to register with microsoft take the other option (activation) to get it working (not the register option). Then when it asks, you can input your xp product code sticker number from your PC to activate windows again, then you will have to download ALL the critical updates again as they will be gone. Good luck
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