Windows XP product Key Question

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April 22, 2010 at 16:16:58
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2.5 GHz / 4094 MB
My friend lost his Windows XP Pro CD that came with his computer, but he has a XP Pro key sticker on the back of his computer. I was wondering if I could download a copy of XP Pro from a .torrent and use his legit key on it. Would this work and be legal?

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April 22, 2010 at 18:09:40
the winxp key on the sticker is not the real key used to activate your windows. to get the real key you will need a program like, "Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder."

if this key will work on the winxp copy you have or if its legal to install winxp that way, i don't know.

there are many tutorial on methods on, how to " save" your legitimate copy of windows, just look in google.

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April 22, 2010 at 22:25:49
What you are attempting to do is not legal whether you use Magic Jelly Bean or not, and you should be aware that this forum does not entertain queries of this nature.

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April 23, 2010 at 01:22:13
If he has a legitimate key sticker and contacts M$ and explains his situation... posssibly they will provide another CD - likely for a wee cost (postage etc.).

Equally (and I'm reasonably sure this is OK...) if he has legit key and can access another XP-Pro Cd - same style (OEM or non OEM etc...) - then he can load with that and use the key he has...

Important bit is the license/ COA sticker... If it's his then either contact M$ or borrow another similar CD? I'd be inclined initially to try M$-land..?

Torernt download may not be legit if he also gets a key to go with it...; but possibly just teh actual OS - and use his own key - not sure about that aspect...

Again M$-land first option?

Incidentally was it a proper (full version ) XP CD or was it actually a recovery disk? If the latter then that may be replaceable via the vendor/manufacturer of the system he has?

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April 23, 2010 at 01:56:32
Te key on the sticker is the key needed to activate Windows. It is the actual licence that makes it Legal. The CD itself is meaningless.

The key can be used to legitimately install Windows XP from any CD providing it is the same type as the original. That means XP, Professional, retail, retail OEM, or an OEM recovery disk.

Retail OEM is the kind you buy with another item of hardware and install yourself. If it was a OEM recovery disk then the manufacture of the computer should provide one for a small fee. If it was retail you can legitimately borrow one of a friend.

Disk are two a penny. It is the license that comes with the case sticker that is important.


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