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I have asked your last post to be edited due to personal info not needed to be shown.

Does it say OEM anywhere on that sticker?
If not then what you can do is borrow a retail full version from someone of XP Home Edition and we can proceed.
If I am reading everything correctly then your system did not have the OEM loaded but we need to make sure before we can proceed.
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Oh, yes I wondered about posting such information, but you appeared to want it posted. Well, thanks for editing it.

Ok,OEM - what is it?

Whatever it is, I cannot find any evidence of it on any stickers on my computer.

So I guess I need to find someone with a Windows home edition disk.
Ok, I'll try to find someone who has it.

Thanks
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Hi,

Just letting you know I am still around.

I am trying to find someone with a windows disk, and will get back to you when I do.

Thanks! :)
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No problem and thanks for checking in with the update
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Hi rshaffer61,

I could finally borrow a windows disk!

It turns out to be not the guy retail disk though, but his copy of it. It is on a disk, containing a folder which has:

The serial key in a txt. file.

Windows XP SP2 Original.iso.

It dosen't seem to boot up automatically, though my Bios priority is still set to CD. Can you walk me through installing again?

Thanks! :)
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This sounds like a downloaded version or burned copy.
This will not work and may in the end cause even more porblems then it's worth.
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Hi again,

Ok, I have finally tracked down a full retail version.

It is windows professional XP, still in its original wrapping, as it was pre-installed on the computer it came with.

Dosent windows XP have an "activation system" or something,which would prevent my using it?
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OK problem

Ok,

Product Key: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXX

It says Windows XP Home Edition on the top of the sticker


System originally had XP Home and what you have is XP Pro.
The number on your system will not work with the version you have.
What you need is XP Home
I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear in my last post. :)
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Ah, I see.

I do have the product code and such for this windows pro thing. It can't work even though I have this?

Thanks for the quick replies btw to my random updates. :)

Edited by beeps, 08 September 2009 - 12:43 PM.

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I'm confused... where did the product key come from for PRO?
I thought you had XP Home according to the sticker on your computer system?
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Oh, sorry, probably I am being moronic.
The product key was from the computer, not my old windows, ok.

The product key is on a piece of paper the dude gave me with the disk.
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Ok there is a problem now because that XP Pro has already been installed on his system so it cannot be installed on yours.
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Ah, ok.

Well, he seems very sure it'll work, so I'll give it a whirl tomorrow morning in any case.

If it is not possible to install on another machine, why was I searching for another persons windows installation disk?

Well, when it fails to work tomorrow, I'll resume my search for a windows home disk.
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Windows XP Home edition.
You can use another disk but use your key. This is legal to do but using a upgraded version as you are suggesting is illegal and against Microsoft's license agreement.
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Ah, I hadn't thought of that.

Righto, back to my forlorn search then.....
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