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How do I determine if a copy of XP has been installed?

by dville-jack / July 31, 2007 7:09 AM PDT

I have two copies of XP Home. These are legitmate copies - opened retail boxes. I want to determine if they have been installed without actually installing them. If they have not been installed, I want to sell them. If they have been installed, I will toss them because they cannot be used again. I've tried going to the Microsoft site, but have not found what I need to know. Any ideas?

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Just contact Microsoft.
by Kees Bakker / July 31, 2007 7:21 AM PDT
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Just contact Microsoft
by dville-jack / July 31, 2007 8:07 AM PDT

Thank you Kees. I called and they transfered me to the proper techie. Both of my copies are still valid to use. He just needed the product keys.

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You're welcome.
by Kees Bakker / July 31, 2007 11:58 PM PDT
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Nice to read a positive story on Microsoft.


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