Windows XP Home Edition Registration

By Hendy
Feb 9, 2005
  1. Good Morning,

    I brought my PC of a friend a year or so ago, and all was fine.

    I started getting BSOD around Xmas time and so have tried 101 things to rectify.

    In changing around the PC configuration it asked me to register my copy of XP, so I entered registration over the phone.

    Over the past few days I could not overcome the problem and so decided to format and re-install XP.

    Here comes the tricky part...the person I brought the PC from did not have the original XP disk.

    So, I thought thats fine, I have the original product key, I will use their copy of XP but enter my own legit key.

    I put the disk in and let it do its business, it never at any point asked me for my product key?

    So, I went to the system/general tab and noticed I have an OEM install.

    From what I understand this means the disk I used automatically installs using OEM product key.

    I obviously want a legit install and to use my product key so I can register in the correct manner.

    I hope this is clear, any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you..
  2. Hendy

    Hendy TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I only have a 20 days or so left to register...any ideas???
  3. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    You can contact Microsoft inquire about getting a license .. as for disk this maybe the tricky part.. Never buy a computer with out a copy of the os
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    To install an OEM-XP you need an OEM-key. To install a retail-XP you need a retail-key.
    OEM-keys do not work on retail-installs and vice versa.
    Borrow someones XP disk of the same type that you have the key for (OEM or retail). (You cannot mix Home and Pro either)
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