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Old 09-27-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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I have a valid XP SP2 key, but no install disc.

Will my key work with any SP2 install disc? Can i borrow a copy from a friend and use my key?
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Yes. I've done it before with no problems.
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No, there are like 50X diffrent XP Type'*

OEM, CORP, SCHOOL, HOME, Other, Other... and so on.

You have to have the right vrs., CD for the Key.
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maybe ill just install linux?
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IF your willing to learn a Totally diffrent OS, Then go for it.
But if you wants everything to work right off the bat. then hunt for a XP cd

You may get lucky and have it work but iv found it very hard to find the Right XP CD to match he Key if you dont knot the vrs.
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well, the PC isnt really used at all... I just need it to establish a LAN connection to my xbox classic to stream movies from the PC to the Xbox so learning a new OS isnt that big of a deal
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You have to have the right vrs., CD for the Key.
quite so.

if you know what kind of key it is, you might be able to find a local computer shop to let you use one of their install discs, given that you have your own code. thats what my friend did when he had to reinstall windows.
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For like $7 MS will send you a new install CD, tell them it was damaged and give them your key. Prices probably have changed since I last ordered one but the new one had built in already and saved me numerous update downloads.

I think this is the number : Microsoft Order Desk 1-800-360-7561.
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If you know how to use bitorrent, you may be able to download the correct xp cd image and use your legit key with it while installing.
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If you know how to use bitorrent, you may be able to download the correct xp cd image and use your legit key with it while installing.
that is what i was planning on doing if i dont install linux
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