Install Windows with Key different than CD

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by nicnat, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. nicnat

    nicnat Guest

    I've read this can be done but I haven't actually seen it done and now I
    have the need to do so myself. I want to rebuild my aging desktop which I
    built a few years ago (single core CPU, pre 2.x USB, relatively small HDs)
    but I don't have the XP Pro Retail installation CDs any longer. I can get
    the product key via several utilities. If I'm able to borrow or download XP
    Pro Retail CDs, can I install windows using the key I purchased already?
    Will this work? If so, has anyone got ideas on where I might obtain the XP
    Pro retail CDs? I totally want to avoid having to purchase the OS again and
    I'm not interested in going to Vista at this time. XP Pro is fine with me.
    Thanks in advance.
     
    nicnat, Jun 24, 2008
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    peter Guest

    using the product key that you now have you can install any XP
    pro...retail.........not OEM.
    Check with your friends to see if they have a retail version of XP Pro...
    Having no friends or them not having a Retail version of XP Pro leaves you
    no choice but to purchase one...
    Silly of you to have "lost" the original........
    peter
     
    peter, Jun 24, 2008
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  3. nicnat

    nicnat Guest

    Thanks for your post. I didn't lose the original CDs. My lovely ex-wife
    through them away. I have no friends with XP Pro Retail. I have been
    searching for downloads via torrent or eMule. Do I have to get a version
    with no SPs included? The version I originally purchased was without SP.
    If I use an updated SP3 version will my key still work? Again, thanks.
     
    nicnat, Jun 24, 2008
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