|I use a hp install cd with a generic key. |
After installation microsofts key updater is used. You can download it for free! From Microsoft. (use the coa # an letters on side of computer)
Because there is a driver issue I use a free cd that automatically checks hardware against missing drivers and installs any missing drivers.
Keys are funny. If your computer has an Aqua coa the keys are different than blue or a yellow (retail). Some cds are retail or OEM and require blue, yellow,series or aqua coa's.
If it is a non dell system you may be asked for a key, so be sure to have a temp working key to install.
BE SURE!!!!!! to use the key updater after you are up and running because it will automatically activate and allow updates. Plus you windows will be legal.