Install XP on new hard drive with torn CoA label RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I have a computer that had a hard drive bite the dust, after purchasing a new hard drive, I need to get XP on it, only problem is that I dont have any recovery disks and need to purchase some, and the CoA label at the top of the case is torn and I cant determine if the version of XP was Pro or Home. I have a Dell Optiplex GX520. I would prefer not to have to buy a new XP disk with new product key. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:31 PM


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  • Hello Xorune,

    Generally speaking, Dell OptiPlex GX series computers came with XP Pro as these are more or less a "business" line of computers.

    You can see what the computer shipped with by going to http://support.dell.com where you can enter the Dell Service Tag and under the warranty links on the left side of the page, look up the Original Configuration (as shipped).

    Order Dell recovery discs here:  http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:53 PM
  • OK, I requested the recovery disks from Dell. Since its a new hard drive, will I be asked for a product key, and if I need one, should one come with the disks?

    Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:04 AM
  • Hello Xorune,

    IME Dell recovery discs for XP do not ask you for the product key as they use the System Lock Preinstall method to self-activate when installed on a Dell computer with the correct BIOS certificate and marker data.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011 2:55 AM