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Master Geek

Topic # 27280 20-Oct-2008 18:17
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i am going to have to reinstall xp professional in my laptop and was wondering what do i do with the oem license that is on the bottom of it, do i use that key or my own one?

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 172347 20-Oct-2008 19:58
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Use the one on the bottom of the laptop, then you can use your other licence for another PC.


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Master Geek

  Reply # 172371 20-Oct-2008 20:48
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So if i install using my xp professional disk i can use my OEM key?

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  Reply # 172396 20-Oct-2008 21:53
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So if i install using my xp professional disk i can use my OEM key?

If it is an OEM copy of the XP disc then it will work.
If it is a retail disc or upgrade disc or volume license disc then the OEM key won't work.

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  Reply # 172423 21-Oct-2008 02:49
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Have a read of this:

If you use the key on the computer, you will have to reactivate by phone.  There is also some software that can save the key from the existing installation, and then copy it back afterwards, but I can't remember what it's called.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 172588 21-Oct-2008 18:52
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ok i am reinstalling windows and have gathered that i just ring microsoft to activate over the phone. if not i will just use a different key.

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