how to check xp SN is used or not

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February 26, 2009 at 09:11:08
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb
my company was closed down
I found 4 copies of Windows XP
2 retail and 2 OEM,
all of them are opened
as my IT person said, only one of them was installed to an assemble PC, that PC was sold.
is there any way that I can check which one was used?

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February 26, 2009 at 09:49:41
No, not without getting you hands on the PC that was sold. If it was sold the disc should have gone with it.


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February 26, 2009 at 10:04:34
Do you have the product keys? You can use the CD's to install XP as often as you like provided you have a legal key for each installation. In other words, you don't need to be concerned about whether the discs have been used before or not, just the product key(s).

EDIT: sorry, I guess you already knew that & just wanted to know if the key was used or not. There's one way to find out...install XP using the key, then try to activate it. If it gets rejected, just change the key:

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February 26, 2009 at 10:30:22
I have to disagree with jam on this one. If the computer was sold with the understanding it came with a legal Windows install then the buyer has the right to the key.

As jam mentioned, the CD is not important in the legal sense.

If you can't locate the buyer and determine which key was used you may need to go about it another way.

If the CDs are all open then you can assume all were installed.

Does the company have at least three other computers with WinXP installed on them?

If so you can determine the key that was used on each of those machines with a number of disserent utilities.

Magical jelly bean keyfinder is one such utility.

SIW.exe is another. Some versions of jelly bean also give up other installation keys. As does SIW.exe.

Links to both below.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:47:09
here is the story.
it has a closed out sale, we sold pc with 17 LCD mon for $100
and all the PC were gone. include the assemble one with XP installed.

I am consider to sell the other 3 Windows XP CD on ebay or craigslist.
however, I don't know which one was used, I can't sell a used XP CD.

thank you for your reply

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February 26, 2009 at 11:19:08
To recap, the CD is not the important part. The key is. If you sold PCs with WinXP installed using those keys then reselling them is a violation of the EULA with Microsoft. Those PCs were running WinXP weren't they? I would assume they are registered. That makes THEM the legal owner of that license.

If you are saying that three of four keys have never been used then why would you have the CDs and why are they open. You no doubt installed them to various computers that were in use and are now owned by others.

I would advise you not to attempt selling those licenses.

If you use computers you could try to install them on one of your machines, one by one and attempt to register them. If they register OK then you could go though the process of unrigistering them and at that time it may be safe to sell them.

If you sell now and the key is already in use that would be fraud on your part.

One other aspect to this is if the key and CD have bben separated and you don't know which goes with which the individual disks do not matter. The key goes with the type of disk. OEM and retail keys are NOT interchangable.

If the OEM CD is one that came with a computer that had WinXP pre-installed then that key (license) is tied to the computer it came pre-installed on. You are not allowed to reuse or sell it and it most likely wouldn't work on a different computer anyway.

If the OEM versions are not "branded" OEM then there are more options available. This post is getting too long to explain further.

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February 26, 2009 at 11:24:05
"I can't sell a used XP CD"

Sure you can, you just can't sell a used product

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February 26, 2009 at 11:33:59
jam is absolutely correct in #6. There is a market for used WinXP CDs.

Most users don't make backup copies of their software like I do. So if it gets trashed or lost they may have the installation key but no good disk. How much that would be worth to someone is debatable.

Shame on the IT person for not tracking things better and for not providing the correct CD and license to the buyer, if the computer was sold with Windows installed.

That brings us to another point. The IT person SHOULD have wiped the hard drive BEFORE disposing of the computer. There very well could be sensitive data residing on there that still could affect a business that is still operating. BAD IT work IMHO.

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