Windows XP OEM copy - product key to reinstall? RRS feed

  • Question

  • After a hard drive crash and having to install a brand new primary hard drive I need to reinstall Win XP Pro using the OEM disk, but I can't find the product key needed to reinstall Windows. The disk ebvelope has a serial number which the installation won't accept. Where can i find the product key? The disk came with my Dell desktop system.
    Saturday, August 8, 2009 11:41 PM


  • A Dell Windows XP Reinstallation CD does not require a product key as it is BIOS-locked to the Dell computer it came with.
    Dell does affix a Certificate of Authenticity to its computers.  The COA includes the 25-character product key.
    Carey Frisch
    Sunday, August 9, 2009 12:57 AM