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  • can i use someone else xp home disc and install it but use my product key that is on my machine
    Friday, August 28, 2009 9:58 AM


  • Hello billo66,

    Yes, you can.  The CD is merely the holder for the bits and bytes that make up the operating system.  The CoA and the Prodcut Key represent your license to use the operating system according to the End User Licensing Agreement.

    The wrinkle is that you have to match the CD you are planning to use to the license that is represented by the CoA on the computer.  Since the CoA is on the computer, that tells us this computer has an OEM license for Windows (rather than a retail full, retail upgrade, or volume license).  So, you have to use an OEM CD for Windows XP---it will have "For distribution only with a new PC" in the upper left quadrant of the hologram label.  You also have to match the edition (XP Home, Pro, Media Center, Tablet) of the CD to the edition of XP printed on the CoA.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, September 1, 2009 4:27 PM
    Friday, August 28, 2009 3:12 PM