a friend is having to format his pc but cannot find his installation/recovery disc he received with his pc, I understand he could use somebody else's disc with the installation number from the label on his pc, before I lend him my disc which is XP Pro, his version was XP Home, will my disc and his number still work together? all help gratefully accepted
thanks ed-0, I thought not but thought I will ask before going ahead, he will have to find someone with the correct version unless he can possibly contact microsoft and see what they say, they should have his details registered with themselves
OEM CDs can be customised for a particular manufacturer. I think that's what jz is referring to. My HP laptop has a customised copy of XP Pro, with which you get the HP version of Help and Support and a few other changes/additions.
It's a bit more than that in my case, Woodchip. As I said, mine has some of the extra HP software on it - the bits that are really core components as far as the laptop's function is concerned, plus the modified Help section, desktop theme, etc. It all appears after a clean install, apart from some of the other more optional apps which come on the HP DVD.