Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Glaucon, Jun 29, 2007.
I'm in the process of contacting the manufacturer, but is this a likely solution?
If you have a sticker with a serial number, yes. You might need to pay a few bucks for shipping a new disc to you, but as long as you have the holographic sticker, then you own a license.
They're not obligated to give you a new CD, but if they want to be a little bitch about it, borrow someone else's XP Home OEM disc and use it to reinstall using your code.
Depending on the manufacturer, your pc might have a hidden restore partition on it.
The good news:
XP relies on the key for its copy protection needs.
The bad news:
depending on what brand you have the key may only work on a 'branded' windows install disc.
What this means:
Most people can simply download a copy of WXP off the interenet and be in good shape. But occasionaly someone does that and then finds out that the key is only good for a 'Dell' install disc or some such crap.
Contact the PC manufacturer. They WILL sell you a set of install discs. Contrary to what people tell you here... the manufacturer has to be willing to sell them to you. Microsoft says so!
if you have to, pirate a copy of pro
you really don't want home version...
You really do deserve a ban.
i would say, if worse comes to worse, either get someone at a college to send you a disk with a key
or download xp pro and use the pirated key, then change the key to your dell key with the magical jelly bean
home keys(OEM) in a pro install??
Probably have to download wireless and bluetooth drivers, dvd burners and audio probably will work without installing anything.