So, what is the problem ? Just use a windows XP CD kit in order to boot in recovery console. The serial number isn't on the CD kit, the CD is only the media. Or am I missing something from your story ?
Just for others' reference:
Q314058 - "Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console"
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot
New workstation-XP pro preload-no recovery partition, have seen references to an option regarding making a set of cds for using recovery console-recovery-etc. How can I do this on this computer?? It is volume licensed-have the corp discs for other computers but obviously the product keys are different and I feel it's the best idea is to stay strictly legal-..( ie key is for this computer by serial number-etc)