|Ok, well, Phil, I used the same disc for the desktop and used the same key it had before. It worked fine. I think it was before SP1 when I first installed XP on it. So that key worked for the SP3 disc. I don't know. I'll double check that.|
Rider, thank you for your input. However, I've tried to install other OSes (different versions of Linux) and they won't go either. I understand that the ram is low, but as I said, it worked before. And the XP SP2 disc ran well too. Although, I have had older versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu on it before. They installed fine before.
OtheHill, actually, you can register the same key as many times as you want. As long as it is on the same computer. So when your HDD dies, you are allowed to install Windows again. Wether or not OEM. And I guess I was using the wrong disc when I had SP2 because my key wouldn't work. That's why I'm trying to use another install disc.
sdfox7 the COA on the bottom is for 98SE. As I said in my first post I bought XP later, and installed it with the key it came with.
I have done a lot of research on XP install discs. There are many versions of XP discs: Retail, OEM, upgrade, Pro, and Corporate....
I'll try to get one before any service packs, I just hate going through all of the trouble installing them.
Old stuff that still works, somewhat....