Windows COA Question

  Grantrh 12:30 01 Apr 2007


I have a PC that a friend of mine has given me. It has a windows XP Professional COA sticker on the outside of the case but no operating system is installed on the HDD and no installation CDs are with it.

What I would like to know is: is it legal to borrow XP Pro installation disks from somebody else and use the CD key on the COA sticker to install it or do I have to purchase XP?

Or is there something else I can do legally to get XP onto it?

Thanks for all help in advance.

  Forum Editor 12:49 01 Apr 2007

the computer had an OEM version of Win XP installed, and the licence for that version 'dies' when the machine dies. It's a pity that your friend formatted the drive before giving you the computer, because now you're stuck. Legally you cannot borrow someone else's XP installation CD and use the OEM licence key.

  lisa02 12:49 01 Apr 2007

I'd borrow an install disk and use the COA on the machine.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:58 01 Apr 2007

As the machine is not dead, I would agree with lisa02

  Grantrh 13:03 01 Apr 2007

As I understand it there are different versions of XP Pro like corporate etc - is this true? and how would I find out what version the license key corresponds to?

  Grantrh 13:48 01 Apr 2007


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:27 01 Apr 2007

s I understand it there are different versions of XP Pro like corporate etc

No, only the type of license. A corporate license allows XP pro to be install on several machines with the same license number.

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