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Windows Pro C.O.A. Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Don, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Don

    Don Flightless Bird

    I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2 installed. It's used and
    the machine didn't come with a restore disk, and there is no restore
    partition. But the COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the machine. I
    have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. If I have to reinstall the
    operating system, can I use the OEM version and use the laptop's COA to
    activate Windows? I realize that I may have to hunt down drivers such as
    WiFi and sound if they aren't included with my OEM copy.

    Thanks
     
  2. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Don wrote:
    > I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2 installed. It's used
    > and the machine didn't come with a restore disk, and there is no restore
    > partition. But the COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the
    > machine. I have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. If I have to
    > reinstall the operating system, can I use the OEM version and use the
    > laptop's COA to activate Windows? I realize that I may have to hunt
    > down drivers such as WiFi and sound if they aren't included with my OEM
    > copy.
    >
    > Thanks



    Yes, you can do it that way. As long as the Product Key is for an OEM
    license of WinXP Pro, and you use a generic, unbranded OEM CD for WinXP
    Pro, regardless of service pack level, it will work. You wouldn't be
    able to use a Recovery CD from another manufacturer, though.


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  3. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Should work, as long as the drivers are collected for installation. Get
    them from Dell's site with the service tag number on the bottom of the
    machine

    Don wrote:

    > I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2 installed. It's used
    > and the machine didn't come with a restore disk, and there is no restore
    > partition. But the COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the
    > machine. I have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. If I have to
    > reinstall the operating system, can I use the OEM version and use the
    > laptop's COA to activate Windows? I realize that I may have to hunt
    > down drivers such as WiFi and sound if they aren't included with my OEM
    > copy.
    >
    > Thanks
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 17, 11:47 am, "Don" <misterd2...@yahoo.ca> wrote:
    > I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2 installed. It's used and
    > the machine didn't come with a restore disk, and there is no restore
    > partition. But the COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the machine.  I
    > have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2.  If I have to reinstall the
    > operating system, can I use the OEM version and use the laptop's COA to
    > activate Windows?  I realize that I may have to hunt down drivers such as
    > WiFi and sound if they aren't included with my OEM copy.
    >
    > Thanks


    Assume it doesn't work. What would you do?

    Before reinstalling, I would use this tool also to view licensing info
    and print the results:

    http://magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

    Dell is happy to provide you a mechanism for ordering a set of CDs. I
    have heard rumors the first set is no charge:

    https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
     
  5. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:u0oYzuexKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl,
    Bob I <birelan@yahoo.com> typed:
    > Should work, as long as the drivers are collected for
    > installation. Get them from Dell's site with the service
    > tag number on the bottom of the machine
    >
    > Don wrote:
    >
    >> I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2
    >> installed. It's used and the machine didn't come with a
    >> restore disk, and there is no restore partition. But the
    >> COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the machine. I
    >> have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. If I have to
    >> reinstall the operating system, can I use the OEM version
    >> and use the laptop's COA to activate Windows? I realize
    >> that I may have to hunt down drivers such as WiFi and
    >> sound if they aren't included with my OEM copy. Thanks


    Right. Just make sure the installed OEM is the same version as the other OEM
    disk. e.g. both are Home, both are Pro, not one Home and one Pro.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
    --
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    through personal experience does not become a
    part of the moral tissue.
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Dell was /required/ to provide a way to reinstall Windows. If the computer
    didn't come with a set of disks, there /will/ be a hidden Recovery partition
    (unless you wiped it). Contact Dell Support.

    Don wrote:
    > I have a Dell Latitude D510 with Windows XP Pro SP2 installed. It's used
    > and
    > the machine didn't come with a restore disk, and there is no restore
    > partition. But the COA sticker is attached to the bottom of the machine.
    > I
    > have an OEM copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. If I have to reinstall the
    > operating system, can I use the OEM version and use the laptop's COA to
    > activate Windows? I realize that I may have to hunt down drivers such as
    > WiFi and sound if they aren't included with my OEM copy.
    >
    > Thanks
     

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