The Dell XP disks will not activate. They have a bogus cd key that will allow for instal but will not activate. All Dell XP have a Preactivated WPA file on the disks and if installed on a Dell will never ask to activate.
To the OP download VM Ware and install the Dell XP on a Viritual PC and try to Activate it .... It Will NOT work I have tried with XP pro and MCE.
I just wont work.
Eh ok. I've done it and it worked fine. Used the CD-Key that comes with all Dells that was stickered on the back and the "Repair" CD that came with the Dell.
Installed it into a completely new machine (nothing was re-used from the Dell). Worked fine, had to call Microsoft to get the authorization code, and that worked.
I just explained that the old motherboard had blown up (convienent) and it was being reinstalled on a new machine.