i have seen on an auction site that some one is selling winxp home for £20,00 the catch no product/activation key how does one go about obtaining a product key to activate the disk to install on the computer
is to purchase one. The CD is just a piece of plastic with data stamped on it, the Product key gives you the right to access the CD and activate it on your PC. Without the correct key the program will not activate with Microsoft. Not legally anyway.
Leave well alone and save your £20 towards a genuine one, complete with product key and any backup you may need at a later date. I was caught out buying a half price XP Pro. and ended up paying the full price for XP Home. As I said, leave well alone.
Keyfinder is indeed a very good program but it can only give the product key for your currently installed Windows. It can't help in this case. Follow the good advice given by Djohn. These may be genuine CDs but they are worth nothing without the product key. If you are thinking of upgrading any of your equipment to run WinXP Home then OEM CDs can legally be purchased for less than £60.00 from a number of sources when you buy a major component such as a motherboard, CPU, or Hard drive.
The CD's are bulk produced and have no licence key within them (only a checksum algorithm to ensure a licence key is valid). Owning the CD does not give you a licence to install - this comes from owning the key.
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