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  • IS it possible to change the Windows XP Key to match the label that came from Dell ?


    For the story:

    I have a friends Dell 4500 machine. The harddrive completed bit the dust. It was a 30Gig Harddrive. I had to use a 160Gig drive to replace it. So the 1st problem I had was 137Gig limit. The 2nd problem is all of the original disk's from dell have been misplaced. So to load XP I used a copy of XP that I have. I would like to use the KEY from the Dell case but Microsoft XP is telling me it is invalid. So I used the pre service pack 1 disk to load the haddrive. The gets me bact to problem 1. The original XP disk does not support 160 Gig harddrive. Since I was not sure this was the only problem with the computer I decided to format to just 137 Gig. Next I was asked to enter the Key. This is when I found the key on the case would not work. So one again I continued with the key for the original xp install that I have. This installed OK and it looks like the computer is now running OK. However I now have the wrong Key installed on the system. Can I change the key and get it reactivated back to what dell put on the machine?  Also how do I resolve the 137 GIg Limi? Can this be done without a re-install of XP using non-service pack 2 support ?

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 6:34 PM


  • The Dell OEM Windows XP product key is only valid with a Dell Windows XP Reinstallation CD.  You'll need to contact Dell Support and request a replacement: http://support.dell.com/


    This article describes the Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) support for ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) disk drives that can increase the capacity of your hard disk to more than the current 137 gigabyte (GB) limit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:46 PM