Here's some thoughts I had that came as a result of part of some work I get to do from time to time. Friends, co-workers and other people's that need these tasks done by someone who does that a lot of time, often assign me to make a clean-format of their Windows XP. They never bring the Windows CD's that came with their PC's and some times they claim they were never given such a CD.
Therefore I have to face the trouble of having, most of the times, after the installation to apply the Security Pack 2 (SP2) to these PC's. Sometimes the CD's keys work fine with the installation of Windows XP with SP2 but sometimes they won't. The CD key is retrieved from the relevant sticker on the PC case. Often contacting the local offices of Microsoft on ordering Windows XP CD's with SP2 or requesting a Windows XP SP2 CD key comes to nothing but regrets on their inability to help me save about 45 minutes on each Windows XP installation I wondered:
Is there some sort of utility (or other method) that using the CD Key found on the sticker on the PC's case to determine whether it's a Windows XP SP2 key or not?
And here's how this will save me some of those 45 minutes time. On the unlikely event that the CD key is SP2 then I will not have to apply the SP2 and therefore get 45 minutes of free time.
Thanks in advance for all those who will answer.
Edited by olspookishmagus, 19 July 2007 - 03:11 PM.