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#59689 9-Apr-2010 14:05
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Hi,

I recently purchased a used laptop from Trademe which came with a XP Home key printed on the back. Unfortunately it didn't come with any recovery media or a recovery partition.

Google leads me to believe that any Dell OEM XP Home CD can be used with the key on the back, so if anyone in the Auckland area has one I could use (or preferably make a copy of) it'd be greatly appreciated.

My understand is that since I have a legit key, doing so would be legal.

My alternative is to use a torrent, but I'm a bit concerned about the integrity of them, don't want to download one that includes a rootkit.

Thanks,


Michael

EDIT: I'm going to be away over the weekend, will be back on Monday.

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  #316617 9-Apr-2010 16:21
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YOull probably find any OEM XP Home CD will work, not necessarily just a dell one.
Where abouts are you located ?




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  #316621 9-Apr-2010 16:27
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It's possible any OEM CD will work, I'm not really sure.
I'm located in St. Johns, but I'll be in the Coromandel over the weekend.

 
 
 
 


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  #322654 25-Apr-2010 14:31
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OEM versions won't work, I have this problem myself with a Dell and tried the OEM cd but it says key not valid.  You basically need a Dell one or buy a whole new license.

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  #322659 25-Apr-2010 14:37
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kewefella: OEM versions won't work, I have this problem myself with a Dell and tried the OEM cd but it says key not valid.  You basically need a Dell one or buy a whole new license.


It will depend on the version of OEM CD you used.  If it was a key is from SP2 media, you might find that SP1 or vanilla media will not work.

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  #322663 25-Apr-2010 14:42
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kewefella: OEM versions won't work, I have this problem myself with a Dell and tried the OEM cd but it says key not valid.  You basically need a Dell one or buy a whole new license.


Are you sure you're not using a retail disk? OEM windows XP disks will work with dell keys - i've done hundreds of them.

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  #322667 25-Apr-2010 14:53
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I have a DELL XP Home CD that I got with my laptop few years ago. PM me for details. Just pay for shipping and blank CD and I'll copy and send it your way.




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  #322682 25-Apr-2010 15:35
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Won't you need the same model? As the OEM disk will/should have the relevant drivers needed for that particular model as well..

p/s: I'd (personally) would get in touch with the previous owner and ask for the media as it is their responsibility to supply it. Unless they have advertised in their auction that recovery media is not available (due to recovery partition is wiped, or no recovery media was made)




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  #322693 25-Apr-2010 16:12
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Thanks for all the replies. I've already received the CD I needed from a GZ member. Didn't post that here as I thought this thread was already dead.

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