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Using my logitec keyboard I dont seem to be able to use ~. Its on my keyboard but when I type it all I get is \ or : when I press shift
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What type of keyboard is it? PS/2, USB, wireless?
Try another keyboard, possibly PS/2.
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Ok, I decided to cut my losses, I used Knoppix to access my harddrive and copy all the files I wanted to keep. I then used a copy of my Dad's XP Pro CD (I had XP Home I think) to reinstall a fresh copy of windows and format everything else. This worked fine and have now reinstalled anti virus etc

However, I keep getting a pop up saying I have to register my version of windows within 30 days. To do this it appears I need my COA sticker. As mentioned previously I changed the case of my PC and in moving house the COA sticker is now missing, I assume I can't use the one on my Dad's PC either. Is there a way to find my original COA number given my PC is several years old.

Also, will registering my copy of windows affect my Dad's Windows i.e. Microsoft won't like two computers using the same version of windows

Thanks for all your help
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Even if you had your old product key it wouldn't work with another version of XP (your dad's). The only way is to buy another licence from microsoft. If you don't, your computer will lose functionality after 30 days. Your father's computer will not be damaged.
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There is no way of finding a COA key other than buying a new one even though I already had a licensed version of XP when I purchased my PC.

How would I got about buying a UK license from Microsoft. Would I have to reinstall everything again or would it just give me a new COA key to enter when registering with microsoft

thanks for your help
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Also, I presume I can't use my Dad's product key?
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No, you can't.
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