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    XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    A couple of easy questions for you. First, can I use any XP Home CD to reinstall XP Home on a PC provided I have my own unique CD Key? Second, if I use a tool to acquire the CD Key for an XP Home installation on a hard drive that CD Key will work upon reinstall, correct?

    I have a friend who has XP Home on his PC. He cannot find his CD and doesn't have his CD Key, either. I know there are tools out there to get the CD Key off the computer, but I'm mostly concerned about the XP Home CD and the use of that CD Key from off the computer. I have a copy of XP Home that came with my wife's laptop, so I plan to use that CD and the CD Key off of my friends PC to rework his PC. This will work, won't it?

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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    First question:
    You can use any retail CD, but if you have an OEM CD then this may be locked to a particular BIOS.

    Second Question:
    Sorry, I always write down my keys for re-use, and I've never tried key recovery software. If it gets the correct key then I guess it should work.

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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    To get the Product Key # from an installed OS try Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v1.41.
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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    Belarc Advisor seems to bring out some software licence keys...

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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    If I'm reading you right, First question:
    OK, ONLY if this is the only system that the CD will be used on. One CD, One system. No trading the OS on a complete reinstall. A repair reinstall, probably OK.???
    Second:
    A key retrieved from one system cannot be used on another install in another machine.
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    I have a copy of XP Home that came with my wife's laptop, so I plan to use that CD and the CD Key off of my friends PC to rework his PC. This will work, won't it?
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    NO, see the above answers.
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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    There are two types of Windows XP installation - OEM and Reiail.

    OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is Windows installation that was modified the way specific to the particular manufacturer. For Example, Dell supplies Reinstallation CDs that can make clean Windows XP installation on a Dell computer that meets WinXP requirements, but it wouldn't work on any other computers. Sometimes OEM Installation CDs already contain Windows key - there is no prompt to insert the key during the installation - but customers do not allow to recover such key, they must use their own key (usually on the sticker on the computer chassis).

    Windows XP from retail Installation CD can be installed on any computer. But from the legal point of view, one license (one Installation Key) can be used only on one computer at the same time.

    So the answers for your questions are:

    - Yes, you can use any Installation CD of the same type or even network drive to install Windows XP as long as you use legal license (Installation Key). Remember: OEM key would not work on retail installation and vice versa. You could not use OEM Installation CD on the computer from another manufacturer.

    - It is illegal to transfer OEM license (use OEM Installation Key) on the computer other than it came with.

    - It is not illegal to retrieve Installation Key from WinXP installation, but it is illegal to use it on the other computer if it breaches EULA.

    - It is perfectly legal to use your Installation Key during Windows XP reinstallations on the same computer.

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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    I have a related question. We have discovered that there are 6 computers on our network that have the xpkey.exe file on them. Our spyware software has just alerted us to the existence of that file. Does anyone know how something like that gets on someone's computer? Via spyware, perhaps? Am unsure what, if anything, to do about it. Thanks.

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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    XPkey.exe appears to be a part of the Backdoor Trojan, "Backdoor.IRC.Aimwin".
    According to Symantec, it is usually picked up from Internet Relay Chats or from Kazaa file sharing.

    You can get more information and also instructions on how to remove it at BACKDOOR
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    Re: XP Home questions (XP Home/SP 1)

    Thanks for that information!!

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