Windoze XP COA's

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Martin Slaney, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Errr ... hope this isn't wildly OT around here ...

    I've inherited a case from a PC whose mobo croaked of spewing capacitor
    syndrome. It was a 3-4 year-old Time PC, but - surprisingly, the case is
    actually very good quality - so I'm thinking of rebuilding (downsizing a
    bit) my main PC into it.

    There's a Windows XP Home COA on the case ... what kind of media would I
    need to utilise this product key ?
    Manufacturer-specific ? (Time is no more, of course)
    OEM ? generic OEM ? (is there such a thing?)
    Retail ?
    Can I then expect the thing to activate OK ? (the original HD was
    formatted by me).

    TIA ...
    Martin Slaney, Apr 19, 2006
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  2. Martin Slaney

    BigH2K Guest

    It will be WinXP Home OEM edition.

    Activation with the key won't work over the internet, you'll need to call
    MS. Tell them the PC failed and you've had to replace the motherboard and
    they'll "probably" give you a new activation code. It's worked for me about
    half a dozen times in the past but Sods Law says it won't at some stage.

    Strictly speaking the COA is no longer valid of course because it's no
    longer the original PC.
    BigH2K, Apr 19, 2006
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  3. Martin Slaney

    Gaz Guest

    Of course, though, if you kept an ide cable from the original, then you will
    be legal. MS can be really arsey about it, just insist, and do not give them
    the details about your machine, none of their business, and not something
    required by the EULA.

    Gaz, Apr 19, 2006
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