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The coa is not tied to the CD except as to being the Type of operating system...ie...Retail...upgrade...OEM..etc.
All branded computer manufacturers, such as Dell, HP, Gateway... use OEM licenses (COA) but because they install hundreds of operating systems on the same makes and models they use a Volume license installation where they can install the Original installation and activate with one lincese key. that is why the COA licenses don't ever match from what the installation shows as the activation COA and what the sticker is on the computer.
The sticker COA is the true one and is what has to be used to reinstall if need be. If the operating system is XP Pro then any XP Pro OEM will work to reinstall the operating system.
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