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Installing XP

Seth

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2007
Messages
2,268
Location
Canada
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#1
Problem:

You need to repair or reinstall XP, but don't have the OEM cd. Trying to use a different OEM cd won't work as the COA won't be accepted (even if it's valid).

Solution:

Use a Dell CD. It won't ask for the COA until the repair/install completes. You will then be prompted to activate and a message will appear to change the product key. Now enter the valid COA from the case and you're good to go!
 

petef

FPCH Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2008
Messages
184
Location
USA, NJ
PC Experience
Operating System
Windows Vista - Ultimate
#2
Problem:

You need to repair or reinstall XP, but don't have the OEM cd.
Good one Seth.

If I may add, if you don't have a Dell CD and you only need to perform a repair of XP,
try reinstalling XP SP2 using an XP SP2 CD. Of course, it's not as good as perfoming
a regular XP repair, but it does have the ability to solve problems.

---pete---