I read somewhere in this forum that if you had a CD Key stuck on your computer you could install the Windows XP CD of your choice.
What I mean to say is this: I have an HP Compaq computer that came with the Windows XP OEM bundled version and its own product Key stuck to the computer. So after the 90 day support with HP, I got rid of all the crapola that comes with their bundle, (AOL, Disney Channel, Silly things, etc.) and reformatted with a copy of Windows XP OEM, using the Product Key on the computer. NO Problem. I have done this several times before and only had one problem, which was resolved through phoning Microsoft Activation Center.
But what I want to know is if I could have used a Windows XP Home edition and not an OEM version instead? Does it make a difference? I mean does it really make a difference? Explain, please.
No I am not trying to install two Windows XP with one Product key. I was wondering if I had a Windows XP OEM Product Key but only a Windows Home CD. Would the Windows XP Home edition accept the OEM Product Key?
Let's say I lost the OEM CD and still have the Home Edition CD. I want to reinstall on the computer that has the OEM version. Would the Home Edition CD with the OEM CD Key work?
I was wondering if I had a Windows XP OEM Product Key but only a Windows Home CD. Would the Windows XP Home edition accept the OEM Product Key?
I doubt you can install XP Home upgrade version (is that what you meant?) by using CD key that intended for OEM's. I have tried like that before by installing Upgrade version of XP (pro), but when I entered CD key code from OEM's version Windows setup refused to accept it.