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XP Didn't ask for a CD Key during install RRS feed

  • Question

  • I formatted and reinstalled XP Pro.  It didn't ask for a CD key at any point during the installation.  It is an original disk (from Dell).  I have an authentic license.  Is this normal?
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 7:49 PM

Answers

  • Hello Z0r,

    Perfectly normal.

    The Dell CD looks for special data in the BIOS of the computer and if present, as it would be on a genuine Dell computer, it proceeds with installation using the Dell standard deployment product key for that specific Windows product.  If you run the mgadiag utility and check the product key, it will be one of the standard Dell deployment keys and not the one on the CoA affixed to the computer.

    Again, 100% normal and genuine--no worries!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 9:34 PM

All replies

  • Hello Z0r,

    Perfectly normal.

    The Dell CD looks for special data in the BIOS of the computer and if present, as it would be on a genuine Dell computer, it proceeds with installation using the Dell standard deployment product key for that specific Windows product.  If you run the mgadiag utility and check the product key, it will be one of the standard Dell deployment keys and not the one on the CoA affixed to the computer.

    Again, 100% normal and genuine--no worries!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 9:34 PM
  • But this make the system unstable.

    I make many format to this DELL inspiron 6000 bad computer

    Friday, March 4, 2011 8:52 PM
  • "Awaiting" wrote in message news:4a44633d-cc14-4a64-a1c2-4a8ff5da0d11...

    But this make the system unstable.

    I make many format to this DELL inspiron 6000 bad computer


    This thread is over 6 moths old - and contains no relevant details.
    Please start a NEW thread of your own, and include details of your own problems, as well as an MGADiag report.
    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
    Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
    To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Friday, March 4, 2011 9:16 PM
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