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Toshiba Requires Toshiba Software

by lsuedulive / February 14, 2010 5:01 AM PST

Installing XP home on a Toshiba A150 S2194 Laptop.

Does Toshiba Tech Requires Toshiba Software installation for registering with MS / Validating the 25 digit key install sticker on the laptop case?

I have a TOSHIBA A105 S2194 laptop with no recovery disks.


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 5:07 AM PST

But your issue isn't clear.

You can install a genuine version of XP on an XP compatible computer, but you need to be sure you have all the drivers needed for that system before you attempt the install.

Once installed satisfactorily, then with an active internet connection you will be able to activate XP.

How to activate XP.


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Dont have a disk
by lsuedulive / February 14, 2010 5:41 AM PST
In reply to: No.

XP home was installed with the Dell CD's 25 digit key.
Went online to register the XP home with Microsoft but MS would not accept the legal 25 digit key on the laptop sticker

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Which looks proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: Dont have a disk

The OEM versions are reduced rights versions which die if you don't have the maker's version. You admit to using a Dell CD on a Toshiba so nothing is broken, in fact it fails just like it should.

Go ahead and get your complaint that it should do that but the licenses are designed to keep the OEM license and version locked to the machines so they don't leak out.

Now all you need is the restore media for the Tosh or a new license. Just because it has a CD-Key on the machine does not entitle you to using the full XP Retail CD or the Dell XP CD OS and license. But as I wrote, go ahead and rant a little if you must. It won't fix this.

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Work Around
by lsuedulive / February 14, 2010 7:05 AM PST
In reply to: Which looks proper.

A guy on the Toshiba laptop send a Work Around ~ it is now DL'ing updates

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Yes and No
by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 5:34 AM PST

Yes and no. So long as a Toshiba BIOS is detected, you won't ever have to enter in the license key or activate Windows so long as it's the version that came with the laptop. Anything you buy after that is going to be different.

If the laptop came with XP, and you're using the XP disc supplied by Toshiba, then all you need to do is pop it in the drive, let it do it's thing, and you're done.

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Jimmy No
by lsuedulive / February 14, 2010 5:43 AM PST
In reply to: Yes and No

Hey Jimmy,

I dont have any software for Toshiba, or a recovery partition.
I have Dell XP home and eMachine XP home.
There is the 25 digit key on the laptop

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Then you're screwed
by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: Jimmy No

Then you're screwed unless you can get Toshiba to send you a copy of the restore media.

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Im Too Smart
by lsuedulive / February 14, 2010 7:02 AM PST
In reply to: Then you're screwed


Im Too Smart to be screwed. I can install Dell or eMachine XP home then use the; msoobe.exe /a

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 9:09 AM PST
In reply to: Im Too Smart

Except that this is a violation of the license agreement, and thus you are running a pirated version of Windows now. So, I expect this thread will be locked soon, and hopefully the Microsoft reps who lurk around will pass along the info to their bosses who will then start the process of figuring out who you are, and coming after you.

You have a valid XP license, but you need to use the install disc that is supplied by Toshiba or you are installing an illegal copy of the software. You'll also likely find your license key doesn't work.

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I agree.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 9:17 AM PST
In reply to: Except

The forum policy is clear about this.

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