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I have 2 cd xp pro. which one is valid ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I lost my CD windows xp pro

    #xxxx

    #2xxxx

     #1 that is the one that You sent me when I told You I lost my original one. then after amonth or 2 I found it.

    #2 is the one i had original I bought .

    My question is which one do I use because a box came up last week saying my windows that I am useing is not valid. I hope You can help me find the valid one to use & regester? Thanks Robert Cornelius

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 7:23 PM

Answers

  • Robert,

    You will want to keep both Product Keys, but if you have occasion to need a Product Key for say reinstalling XP, you will want to use the more recent PK.

    For assistance in handling the notification that you might be a victim of software counterfeiting, please follow these steps:

    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 another edition 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


     

    Thursday, October 5, 2006 4:04 AM

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  • Robert, you should always use the latest Disk.

    If you have any further problems dont hesistate to reply

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 10:30 PM
  • Robert,

    You will want to keep both Product Keys, but if you have occasion to need a Product Key for say reinstalling XP, you will want to use the more recent PK.

    For assistance in handling the notification that you might be a victim of software counterfeiting, please follow these steps:

    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 another edition 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


     

    Thursday, October 5, 2006 4:04 AM