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Reinstall Win XP From COA on Bottom Of Laptop.

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December 11, 2013 10:15:23 PM

Hi I have a laptop and I would like to use the product key under the laptop on the COA...I put a hard drive in it and have a win xp copy but want it legit and using the COA under the laptop will make it good.

Can this be done? If so how?

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a b D Laptop
December 11, 2013 11:20:28 PM

yes,if you install the same windows on your laptop with the existing key its all good.
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a b D Laptop
December 11, 2013 11:50:40 PM

You will need to find an OEM copy of your edition of XP, which is likely XP Home. Retail disks wouldn't work with an OEM key on XP. You might have to dig up some of the drivers as well.

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December 12, 2013 1:21:14 AM

I was able to do it.... thanks all of you.
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a b D Laptop
December 12, 2013 11:23:25 AM

Did it successfully activate? If not, follow the procedure to go through the telephone activation process and give the operative the CoA Product Key, You may still find that the manufacturer locked that key to that specific set of hardware and if you changed anything without buying it from them, you may yet be blocked from activating.
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a b D Laptop
December 12, 2013 2:01:22 PM

Saga Lout said:
Did it successfully activate? If not, follow the procedure to go through the telephone activation process and give the operative the CoA Product Key, You may still find that the manufacturer locked that key to that specific set of hardware and if you changed anything without buying it from them, you may yet be blocked from activating.


Its doubtful the COA key on a laptop was ever used, providing it was factory. Toyalty OEM's dont use that key for the factory install. That would be a SLP key. But all the COA keys from the royalty OEM's always require telephone activation on XP. The OEM keys provided on cd could be activated online.
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a b D Laptop
December 12, 2013 11:38:36 PM

My understanding, and from some recent experience, is that it's the other way around. The key that you can pull using MagicalJellyBean or Belarc is the SLP key. Present that to Microsoft and they refuse to help. The only valid key for that specific machine,is the printed one and if that's obscured, as in the case I worked on, you go nowhere.
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December 13, 2013 4:49:58 AM

Microsofts website gave me this tool called...Update product key Tool for windows XP. It worked great and it was legit also. A Microsoft representative helped me.
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a b D Laptop
December 13, 2013 9:30:26 AM

That what I said Saga. The SLP key is the factory installed key. It also remains if you use the restore partition. But it's different than the key printed on the COA.
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a b D Laptop
December 13, 2013 11:10:48 AM

I must have misread it - I took it to mean the key on the CoA was academic. The SLP would have activated any system made by that manufacturer but the specific key for that machine in any reinstallation is on the CoA. Fortunately, the OP completed satisfactorily but I've never heard of such a tool. It's a nuisance having to go through the phone system every time - I've just had to do it again and it took four and a half minutes.
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a b D Laptop
December 13, 2013 1:34:11 PM

I never heard of the tool either. If it was still the SLP key, it might have been a tool to reinstall the SLP certificate. I'm not sure about XP, but 7 and vista required the key, the bios table, and a digital certificate for the offline SLP activation. Maybe the tool reinstalled the certificate for an offline activation. Only thing I can think of.
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December 13, 2013 10:40:07 PM

Actually you have to be online for this tool to work. The link to the microsoft website where I got the tool from is below.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/genuine...




Edit: Yeah your right with Vista and Win 7 it is different. I used the product key on the bottom of the laptop and not magic jelly bean to get the key. The XP key on the bottom was intact and not ruined.
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a b D Laptop
December 13, 2013 11:05:43 PM

Thanks for that link - I'm even more peeved with Microsoft now because they refused to activate and insisted I had to go to Asus for the unlock code to get into the BIOS. I waited four days for a response from them and still haven't had one.
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