for XP pro, you could try your friends CD. It might work. But if it's an OEM version, just as well it might not. Only trying shows.
The alternative is to buy a new license for your XP Home CD or a new CD + license.
I am trying to make a clean install of XP pro which was on my computer.
I have the original repair CD which came with the computer when new, and its 25 digit product code.
By chance I also ran BeLarc Advisor to list all the software and hardware on my machine.
During installation I made a new partition and reformatted the drive and all proceeded until about 32 mins from end when it asked for 25 digit product key. Neither the one stuck to the top of the computer or the one extracted by BeLarc Advisor are accepted as Valid. After hours of time I noted that despite both Belarc Advisor and the sticker on the computer saying it was XP Pro that was installed, I noticed that the "restore" CD states it is "home edition"!
Evesham are now out of business, so no luck there and MS say "not our problem" it is Evesham's problem.
I also extracted a product key from the XP pro home edition CD directory from the unattended.txt file. this is supposed to be a generic code for that CD - it does not work either!
Any ideas where I go from here?
Would a copy of XP pro from a friend work with one of my product numbers?
Does the fact that I have removed several bits of hardware make a difference. I wanted to re-install these "clean" too - eg premiere pro video editing card, lynksys wireless card, SCSSI card.
All help gratefully received