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Windows XP Product Key from CD

By Anonyman56
Oct 26, 2008
  1. I recently tried to reinstall Windows Xp Home Edition to another computer, and found that I didn't have a product key for it. I did a bit of research and looked for the UNATTEND.txt file, but there was no file named that. I found this a bit odd and wondered if anyone could help me.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. Anonyman56

    Anonyman56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks but not interested in spending money on this case.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Umm there is no known legal choice, other than purchasing it !
     
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 972   +52

    Then you're going to have to switch to Linux or some other open source OS. I don't think anyone here would give you a CD key for XP, and even then Microsoft's WGA checker will find you having an unauthentic copy. of XP.

    edit: on a rare occasion you can contact Mcrosoft and try to argue your case for moving your copy of XP from one computer to another, but this requires a CD key and an original CD.
     
  6. Anonyman56

    Anonyman56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Bah, I guess I do have to pay. I'll try that. Thanks!
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I know it's strange but legally you require:

    Windows CD (unless image installed on the HardDrive, basically a loophole)
    Product Key (You must have the label attached to your computer)
    The Windows Book ( What? Yes according to MS you must have that Xp book, where the CD came sealed with)

    That is all :)

    Oh, most users don't have the Book or the CD !
     
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 972   +52

    Yup! I don't even remember the last time I saw an OS book from Microsoft.
     
  9. Anonyman56

    Anonyman56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 972   +52

    probably better if you kept the second comment to yourself... =/
     
  11. Anonyman56

    Anonyman56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'll be careful from now on. Sorry!
    I got hit by a virus so I'm freaking out.
     
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    that's illegal. You can only install windows XP on another system if you have purchased another copy. If you do not have the product key for THAT second computer, you will need to BUY a new copy. You can USE an XP installation disk on more that 1 system PROVIDED you have the key for each system that has been purchased. The disc is dumb to the installation process, but the key is unique to each computer that unlocks the installation.
     
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