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Have Cert.of Auth. but no CD

by / May 20, 2006 11:12 PM PDT

I purchased a used machine from a local reputable dealer that came with a COA for XP pro. but no CD.

He says I can use anyones CD and my COA.

Does this sound like the right procedure or should I be burning a CD of some kind ??

Thanks Rob

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This is partially true.....
by Michael Geist / May 20, 2006 11:35 PM PDT

but can depend on the CD being used and the product key type. XP offers different versions (OEM, Retail, Corporate) of it's keys. Some will change the settup.ini file in the i386 folder of the CD to achieve the goal of matching the two.

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by / May 21, 2006 4:33 AM PDT

Thanks for the link....looks like lots of useful info there !!


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Ask the dealer that you say is reputable
by DarCLew2 / May 21, 2006 4:26 AM PDT

For a CD. You may need to bring your machine in. Anyone can give you a bunch of numbers and claim it is the registration number.
I sat next to a man who installed WINME to be certain it was the correct key, I had been burnt once with a pirated version of WIN98SE. Now I believe in: Seeing is Believing attitude. Incidentially, my OEM version of WINXP Home Edition, has a COA but I had no need to use it for it was already registered under WINME on a Gateway Computer. I have set them aside in the event I have to get another make of computer and it will ask me for my COA. Darrell Lewis

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by / May 21, 2006 4:38 AM PDT

I did ask for the CD.....They say it's off-lease and OEM so they never see the CDs. It was really cheap and I needed a second machine so I bought it.

They have been in business locally for over 17 years and came highly recommended. The XP pro is working perfectly for now ....I'm just thinking ahead !!

Have whipped off an e-mail to Dell (yes,it's a Dell)...maybe they can get me a restore CD or whatever (for a price)!!


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