I have run Belarc on an old PC I am playing with, and recovered the XP Key. The previous owner says they didn't have any disc's. Could I run my XP disc but insert the recovered key in order to re-install? Because I have changed the u/s mobo it is necessary to re-activate Windows within 3 days (so the balloon says). I am not worried about the activation, more in getting the PC to work properly.
Ahh, good oh. While you are here Fruit Bat /\0/\, I am having no success in getting into the BIOS! No matter how or when I hit Del during reboot, it just continues to boot into XP. I suspect the BIOS is OOD as the mobo I am using is nearly 5yrs old and was for WinMe. It now has XP on it and I think the BIOS may be causing some of the wierd problems I have been getting.
The XP will work as long as it is the same type ie home or pro, my son bought a PC home from work that was having major problems I tried a repair install and that did not work so his boss decided a clean install, it had a XP Pro OEM label on it so I tried my copy that I bought when I built my daughters machine and it worked fine and activated online OK.