My stepdad lost his XP cd from his...

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    toshiba laptop. And the computer really needs to be reformatted. What to do?
     
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    call toshiba. it may not be free, but they can get him for cheap. $20 or so because it's just the media and not the license.
     
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    if you have your cd-key/original manual I dont think they can rape you for using a downloaded version :dunno:
     
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    I think everything was all together. Is my only option to buy a new copy of windows?
     
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    Depending on the version of windows, there may be a cd key on a sticker somewhere on the notebook, it will be 25 alpha numeric characters. Usually somehwere on the bottom, sometimes under the battery.
     
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    :werd: Usually when I see new computers at work the key is somewhere on the machine.
     
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    Ok thanks guys, ill look for it when he brings it home.
     
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    There's also some number that looks like a registration-type thing in the System Properties dialog under the user name. Not sure what it is though :dunno:
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    that would also be the CD key. You can use any "Same Version"(Home on Home, Pro on Pro) windows CD on any comp, as long as you have the original CD Key. (legally speaking, that is)
     
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    not really.... OEM, Retail, and VLK are different products, and their keys are not interchangable. However, your Toshiba has an OEM key, and you can use any OEM CD legally.

    If you like, I will send you a brand new, authentic holographic XP Home OEM CD (legal) for just the cost of shipping. I have a few hundred of them including the manual and shrink wrapping. Of course, this is minus the certificate of authenticity.
     
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    It doesn't look like the CD Key on mine though (XP Pro SP2), it doesn't have any letters in it and it's not divided into groups of five or six or whatever it is :dunno:
     
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    1. just download the darn thing - if they sue you just prove to them that you bought the program

    2. report your cd stolen
     
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    It's not the CD-Key. It's a product # that is calculated from your key, but can't be reversed to give you the key.

    There's a program called "Magic Jellybean" which will show you your key, but there's no legit reason to use it.... You should have your key attached to your case, anyway.
     
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    i've interchanged OEM keys with retail discs and vice versa with no problem.
     
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    double-check that it's an OEM key on a retail cd -- because I could never get it to work, and microsoft has documented it as different.
     
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    This very problem is a legit reason to use it: lost key, need to reinstall. Having the key attached to the case is all fine and good until you get a new computer and need to install Windows on it.
     
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    so that number in system properties is the cd key right?
     
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