Hi All Just bought a second hand tower a Dell Optiplex 755 Core 2 Duo 1GB Ram 80 GB Hard drive ( only £20) so i am not too fussed if i can't resolve this issue. The computer would not boot up ( stuck in a loop) and came with no recovery or driver Cd's. It does however have a Genuine COA Sticker on the case for XP PRO. So i borrowed a XP Pro disk from work and wiped the hard drive to start afresh, all went well until entering the 25 digit key from the case it will not accept it " Invalid Product Key". I have looked in the I386 Folder of the XP Disk at the PID value and it ends in 270 which means it is a Volume Licence CD and is not compatible. So my question is will a XP Pro OEM Disk work with the code on the case, or is it specific to Dell and therefore need a Dell XP Pro disk ? I have in the past used my XP Home OEM Disk on other peoples computers with their code to reinstall without any problems and activate by phone.
Hi Taff As yet i have not managed to borrow a disc, everyone i have asked at work only has a recovery partition on their hard drives and no actual disc. I'm off on my jollies on Sunday 2 weeks in Turkey, so i will leave it until after then and see if i can pick up a copy on ebay. Cheers