i have XP program on disc but no licence key

March 18, 2011 at 23:45:53
Specs: Windows XP
i have a windows xp program on disk i was givin but no lience key what can i do

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#1
March 19, 2011 at 00:17:50
Use it as a drink coaster. It is useless without a matching licence key.

There are different kinds of licence key to match different types of install disk and they are not interchangeable.

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#2
March 19, 2011 at 08:09:25
If you mean you have an XP operating system CD.....

If it is an XP Re-installation CD that came with a brand name computer model, it will probably refuse to load Windows on your computer unless it's for your same brand name computer model - in that case you'll never need the Product Key if it's not for your model.

It it's a genuine OEM Microsoft CD that has holograms on it and it has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it, you can use it with a brand name computer that has XP Home or Pro on it, or with a generic system that has had OEM XP Home or Pro installed on it, the version, whichever of Home or Pro of the CD and the system being the same. If Windows still works on the computer, you can use a third party program to find the Product Key the Windows installation is presently using. E.g. search for: Keyfinder made by Jellybean something on the web


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#3
March 19, 2011 at 08:51:57
Product keys can be easily found by using google. There are also key generating programs available, but we're not allowed to discuss such things ;-)

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#4
March 19, 2011 at 14:07:30
The key is usually on the disk somewhere in some file.

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#5
March 19, 2011 at 14:33:00
Jefro is mistaken. The operating system setup contains an algorithm that will recognize a valid key when one is input. The key itself is not on the disk.

mickliq. "we're not allowed to discuss such things" So why mention them at all?

Be assured any key you "find" on the net is known to Msoft and it will fail activation.

Genuine XP install disks and licence keys are still available for sale but only by "after-market" sellers on sites like ebay. Buy at your own risk

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#6
April 10, 2011 at 16:43:36
I have my license key but no reinstallation CD. If I buy a used dell cd can I use it with my product key to reload my software?

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#7
April 10, 2011 at 18:33:05
"If I buy a used dell cd can I use it with my product key to reload my software?"

See response 2.

In many cases the first Recovery disk that comes with a Dell system is a slightly modified XP re-installation CD. Certain OEM.* files on it have been modified internally - because of that, you can't use the XP CD to install Windows from scratch or to run a Repair Installation of XP unless the CD is one that was meant to be used with the Dell model or a small group of Dell models made at about the same time - it will refuse to install on any other computer.
So - if you can find one that was meant to be used for your specific model, of the same version, Home or Pro, it will work fine.

On the other hand, if you use a regular OEM Microsoft XP CD as described in response 2, or a copy of one (use "Disk at once " or similar to copy the CD, otherwise it won't be bootable), you can use that with the same version, Home or Pro, Product Key that's on any brand name computer.


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#8
April 10, 2011 at 18:34:24
What jefro is thinking about is a key in the unattend.txt on the cd. It will get windows xp installed, but activating xp with it, will fail.

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#9
April 11, 2011 at 08:34:52
Anti-WPA will enable you to use your Windows XP install disc, which I am assuming is legal. Be advised that Anti-WPA is described as a "prohibited" file, but I have used it to enable me to use one install disc for two vintage computers. My install disc is DELL OEM -- completely legal. CDBurnerXP (freeware) can be used to make copies of the install disc, thus eliminating any worries that your original disc might become useless if damaged.

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#10
April 12, 2011 at 07:01:07
"My install disc is DELL OEM -- completely legal."

It was ONLY meant to be used with the ONE Dell model it came with, but it might also work for a small group of Dell models made at about the same time.
It's NOT legal, as far as the Microsoft OEM License for brand name system computers is concerned, to use it with any other computer.

The Microsoft License allows you to make one copy of your own Windows CD for backup of the original CD purposes.
Microsoft has no problem with you making a "slipstreamed" CD that has had SPx updates or drivers (e.g.for SATA controllers) integrated into the original contents of the CD, that were not included in the original CD contents..


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#11
April 12, 2011 at 09:39:39
"...Product keys can be easily found by using google. There are also key generating programs available, but we're not allowed to discuss such things ;-)"...

I didn't know this kind of post was permitted, LOL.

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#12
April 12, 2011 at 12:16:30
sdfox

It's not, and mickliq should not have posted that.

The Rules of this web site:
http://www.computing.net/rules.html

Excerpts:

Do not post any questions or answers that infringe on another party's intellectual property. This includes questions asking where to obtain or how to use "warez," "cracks," or anything like that. It also includes posts related to circumventing time limits in shareware software and illegally obtaining software "key codes." Remember, most abandonware is a myth. Copyrights on software last far longer than five years.
Do not post any questions or answers having to deal with hacking or cracking. These include, but are not limited to, entering restricted places on networks or messing up other people's computers.

However,
- most if not all Microsoft Product Keys found on the web are already known to Microsoft - they will be accepted for Setup but in most cases they will be found to be invalid when you try to Activate Windows.
- he didn't actually name any key generators.


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#13
April 22, 2011 at 23:49:07
If your disc was designed for your Dell computer then the computer's motherboard will recognize the disc when at installation and will not even ask for a key code...pretty cool

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#14
April 23, 2011 at 08:07:47
max1990

I've seen that there are two types of Recovery disk sets for Dell computers I've come across that had XP installed on them originally.

The type of Recovery disk set I've seen more often is ....
- the first disk is an XP Re-installation CD
- the second disk or more than one disk has the Drivers needed for the model and the Applications (programs) that were originally installed.

In that case the contents of the XP Re-installation CD are almost identical to that on a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD, except that certain OEM.* files have been modified internally so that the CD can only be used with the same model / mboard / a small group of models / mboards that were made at the same time
You have to supply info that you would need to supply if you used a regular XP CD - you need a Product Key for XP's Setup, you use the one on the Microsoft label that's on the outside of the computer case, and you have to Activate Windows yourself, you are probably NOT prompted to insert another disk when Setup is finished, and you use the other disk(s) to install drivers needed for the model ( there are no additional drivers that do not come with Windows for your model on the XP Re-installation CD ), and, optionally, Applications.

The other type of Recovery disk set I've seen is the traditional type - the disk set is a multi-disk archive that was made for your specific model / a small group of models that were made at the same time. Not much input is needed from the installer.You are prompted to insert the second disk after the first one has finished loading, etc. The installation has a Product Key built into it, all needed drivers are installed, Applications are installed, and Windows is automatically Activated,when the set of disks has finished loading.


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#15
April 23, 2011 at 10:45:28
You know, If you just think about it for a minute getting a coa is incredibility easy.
Go to any thrift store and buy a non working computer for $5.00......Hello?

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