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  • Question

  • ok so i bought the CD from MS to validate my copy of XP, now what do i do with it?
    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 7:28 AM

Answers

  • its highly recommended to do a clean reinstallation.

     

    -phil

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 8:20 AM

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  • Richard,

    You should have received an email with the Product Key and instructions immediately after ordering, and you should have received the CD from Microsoft in about 2-4 weeks from ordering.

    What do you have now?  (Note:  DO NOT post the product key.)

    Finally, please follow these steps for assistance:

    Step 1 is to run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response in this thread.

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer or with Windows to see if you have a Certificate of Authenticty (COA).  If you have one, tell us about the COA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center, or another version of Windows?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for?  See this page for reference:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 5:32 PM
  • its highly recommended to do a clean reinstallation.

     

    -phil

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 8:20 AM