Retrieving product key

Dell / Optiplex gx150
June 26, 2009 at 15:06:52
Specs: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, 996 MHz / 253 MB
How can I retrieve the product key for a windows xp intallation disc

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June 26, 2009 at 15:10:22
It's not on the disc.

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June 26, 2009 at 15:14:12
Is the version you have the disk for running on a computer?

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June 26, 2009 at 15:15:08
Maybe I misunderstood. To retrieve it from a working system, use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

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June 26, 2009 at 15:30:10
On a factory cd or a burned copy of a factory cd the is no key.

What there is , is a program that excepts a given number of keys based on the version of the cd. Is it a Dell a Gateway HP? and if so what sp is on it and what version is the cd.
Is it retail, OEM...?

Finding a key just to install is easy......IE installing using a Dell cd on a HP machine.

But you will need to activate and the key you used to install most likely has been used before, so you end up with activation problems.

I use the same key over and over on a slip streamed version of xp.....but after installing I use Microsofts key updater and the COA on the machine to make it a legal copy.

So you need three things.
A working key for the type of cd
Microsofts key updater (it is free)
A COA sticker to update the key

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