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""I cant get windows activation off my HP/Compaq Notebook ...""
"Clear as mud. What do you mean when you say that?"
"The HP notebook came with Windows XP Pro and the dell cd says its a reinstallation cd Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2"
"And yes THe note book has a valid key ont the bottom of it and I have the Dell cd Key code as well"
Then why did you specify the operating system as 2000 at the top of your first post? Does the HP computer have 2000 on it now? If it does, no Product Key for XP will be accepted for the 2000 installation.
When you post here, you're supposed to list the specs of the problem computer so we have some idea what we're dealing with, or, you could specify the specs of the problem computer in the first post, including it's specific MODEL NUMBER, which is found on a label on the outside of the computer case somewhere.
The same thing applies.
If you do, you are legally entitled, as far as Microsoft is concerned, to use an OEM XP CD, or a bootable copy of one, to install Windows, along with the XP Product Key that's on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the brand name model's computer case.
"...reinstallation cd Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2"
I have a similarly titled Dell CD here for a friend's laptop I'm fiddling with, only it's for XP Home SP2. Out of curiousity, I have compared the CD's contents to that of a regular OEM XP Home SP2 CD.
The vast majority of the data on the Dell CD is identical to that on a OEM XP Home SP2 CD, except the Dell CD has.......
- the addtional \$OEM, and \i386\SVCPACK folders
- it's missing the \DOTNETFX folder (not significant)
- the \i386 folder has about 1mb less data - four subfolders in it are smaller, two sub folders are larger; the data contents of the "parent" \i386 folder is identical except for the following.
- in the \i386 folder, oembios.bi_, oembios.ca_, and oembios.si_ are the same size but the data in them is very different.
You could try the OEM Dell CD with the HP's, or the Dell, Product Key but there's no guarantee it will work with the HP computer. The Dell CD may have something built into it that prevents you from installing it on a non-Dell computer. E.g. I know most if not all Recovery programs run from the Recovery disks for the specific brand name model will quit when they detect the mboard does not have the same brand name bios as the Recovery disks are for, and/or they may also quit when the Recovery program detects the mboard is not one of the possible ones the Recovery disks are meant for.
A regular OEM XP Pro CD will work with the Product key on the brand name computer's case for sure - in this case preferably one that includes SP2 updates.
regular OEM XP CD = it has "For Distribution with a new PC only" or similar on it.
When you install Windows from a regular OEM WindowsCD or DVD, and probably the Dell CD or DVD that is a slightly modified OEM Windows CD, you have to Activate Windows yourself near the end of Setup, or within 30 days after that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
E.g. If your mboard has USB 2.0 controllers, you have support for USB 1.1 controllers in Windows when Setup has finished, but the support for USB 2.0 controllers is NOT loaded in Windows until AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed in the operating system.
You may need to load network adapter drivers if Windows doesn't find them automatically during Setup in order to be able to Activate Windows online, but you can also phone Microsoft to Activate Windows.