|The original Dell cd reads on the cd itself: Operating System Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - one can use on a Dell Computer for which the 20 digit code is on the side of the computer. I have had no problems with this installation and it validated out as Genuine at the Microsoft update site and I got updates on it for a couple of years now, before the next cd (XP Pro) was installed by a coworker thinking it could fix a problem and since it was in its packaging still unopened thought it would be a new copy to use. See the next paragaph:|
The Xp Pro CD states directly on the CD: Operating System aleady installed on your computer - Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
(The software is already installed on your computer. Only use the CD to reinstall the operating system on a Dell Computer) - It was in a package sealed and unopened with the code directly on the packaging. I did not have a computer with the authenticity sticker on it for this one. It was on the unopened packaging that housed the CD.
I did not like XP Pro, so I zero wrote the drive and put the 1st CD in with anticipation of the product coming up and asking for the key on the side of my computer; as it normally does, however, it did not come up with any key verification during the installation of the 1st cd and when I go to do the updates, the Genuine Advantage tool won't install so I can not get my updates.
**It is a genuine CD and I have never had a problem with this CD installing the windows or getting the updates until the other CD as above was put on here in error.
Is there any way to make it come back up on install and ask for the key and install normally.
It is not giving me a 30 day notice, it is Genuine; however, it is not verifying as Genuine at the update site, I know it is genuine as I was with my boss when she bought the computer in 2002 which was given to me years ago. I only brought it back in the office recently to have enough computers and the Xp Pro CD got installed on same.