OEM CD in a retail box? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to legitimately get an OEM CD in a retail Windows XP Pro box? Is the product key what matters, or will the fact that someone was apparently doing some re-packaging cause problems even if the key itself is valid? (I have not tried installing it yet)

    I ordered a new retail copy of Windows XP Pro from Amazon.ca's marketplace, and received a seemingly valid retail box, which contained an OEM CD in the folder. The CD also appears to be legit, but the combination is questionable, at best.


    Version 2002 with Service Pack 2
    0804 Part No. X10-87293
    COA: Windows XP Professional English Intl CD W/SP2

    copper tone, wavy edge
    "For distribution with a new CD only. .." top left label
    The top right section turns blue held at the right angle, and contains the words "XP" and "GENUINE" in the hologram above the Windows flag.
    inner ring hologram - wavy "Microsoft" changes to "GENUINE" if the angle and lighting are just right
    05404 Part No. X10-59871
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:12 AM


  • Hello Cerenkov,

    Interesting question and unfortunately I do not have an answer for you. Please call  1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. Packaging and licensing questions fall outside the support scope as well as our expertise for the WGA Forums. 

    Take care Cerenkov,


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    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:57 PM
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:56 PM