Reinstall Windows XP Home with COA RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a computer on ebay.  It has a Windows XP Home COA but the hard drive has been reformatted and thus no longer has the operating system installed.  I have a retail version of Windows XP Home that I installed on my home computer.  My question is can I use my retail Windows XP Home discs to re-install Windows XP Home on the ebay computer using the accompanying COA?

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006 2:55 PM


  • No.  If there is a Windows XP Home Edition COA affixed to the PC, it is only valid with the PC manufacturer's restore CD.  It will not work with a retail Windows XP Home Edition CD.  You can contact the PC manufacturer and see if they can send you the appropriate restore or recovery CD for the operating system it originally shipped with.
    • Marked as answer by JeniferA Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:19 PM
    Wednesday, December 13, 2006 3:04 PM