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September 4, 2005 1:25:46 PM

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Hi,
I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can find
out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows XP
installed on the pc.
I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label attached
to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems being shipped
are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our back up copies of
XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not work
as it is a SP-1 installation key.

Thanks
Clayton

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Anonymous
September 4, 2005 1:25:47 PM

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Click on the More information links.

How to Tell: Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/coa.msp...

How to Tell: COA - Previous Retail Versions
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...

How to Tell: COA - Previous OEM Versions
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...


--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
Clayton <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> hunted and pecked:
> Hi,
> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can find
> out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows XP
> installed on the pc.
> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label attached
> to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems being
> shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our back up
> copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>
> Thanks
> Clayton
Anonymous
September 4, 2005 1:25:47 PM

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"Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can find
> out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows XP
> installed on the pc.
> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label attached
> to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems being
> shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our back up
> copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>
> Thanks
> Clayton
>
>
>

FYI, I've never had a key fail because of the service pack; I often used
slipstreamed CDs to avoid having to install the SP afterwards -- saves time
if I can do it all at once. Is it possible your slipstreamed CDs aren't the
right version -- retail, oem, vl, etc? That would make a big difference.
Related resources
September 4, 2005 2:03:15 PM

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Thanks, these look like them
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...

But they refer to Retail not OEM, still doesn't really give me the
information I need to know

Cheers


"Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:%23MdIzFNsFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> Click on the More information links.
>
> How to Tell: Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/coa.msp...
>
> How to Tell: COA - Previous Retail Versions
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...
>
> How to Tell: COA - Previous OEM Versions
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...
>
>
> --
> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>
> Wes
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>
> In news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
> Clayton <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> hunted and pecked:
>> Hi,
>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>> find
>> out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows XP
>> installed on the pc.
>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>> attached
>> to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems being
>> shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our back up
>> copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Clayton
>
Anonymous
September 4, 2005 2:03:16 PM

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http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/popup.a...

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:uNWmINNsFHA.2348@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
Clayton <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> hunted and pecked:
> Thanks, these look like them
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...
>
> But they refer to Retail not OEM, still doesn't really give me the
> information I need to know
>
> Cheers
>
>
> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:%23MdIzFNsFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>> Click on the More information links.
>>
>> How to Tell: Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
>> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/coa.msp...
>>
>> How to Tell: COA - Previous Retail Versions
>> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...
>>
>> How to Tell: COA - Previous OEM Versions
>> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/archive...
>>
>>
>> --
>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>>
>> Wes
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>>
>> In news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
>> Clayton <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> hunted and pecked:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>>> find
>>> out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows XP
>>> installed on the pc.
>>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>>> attached
>>> to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems being
>>> shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our back up
>>> copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Clayton
September 4, 2005 3:22:13 PM

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So you are telling me that if I was to use a SP-2 CD from Microsoft that the
COA key will work from a system that was purchased in 2001?


"D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:3nulv1F3e6ckU1@individual.net...
>
> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>> Hi,
>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>> find out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of Windows
>> XP installed on the pc.
>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>> attached to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems
>> being shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our
>> back up copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Clayton
>>
>>
>>
>
> FYI, I've never had a key fail because of the service pack; I often used
> slipstreamed CDs to avoid having to install the SP afterwards -- saves
> time if I can do it all at once. Is it possible your slipstreamed CDs
> aren't the right version -- retail, oem, vl, etc? That would make a big
> difference.
>
Anonymous
September 4, 2005 3:22:14 PM

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Many of my computers had RTM versions of XP. I made slipstreamed versions
with SP1 when that came out, then SP2 when that arrived. I've done repair
installs as well as new installs with the slipstreamed CDs and the original
product keys. I've done the same with customer computers. As long as it's
the same version, meaning retail, oem. VL, upgrade, whatever, the SP version
shouldn't make a difference in the install.

I suppose there might be some weird exceptions, but I haven't run across
any. Most of the time when I get one that won't accept a key, it's because I
can't tell the difference between a B and an 8.

Now I've got to wonder what you mean by "SP2 CD from Microsoft." If it's
*just* SP2, you can't use it to do a repair install, as it's only the
service pack. If it's an action pack or MSDN cd, that's not going to work
with your customer's computers, either, considering your description is of
an oem install.

"Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
news:uMtzQ5NsFHA.904@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> So you are telling me that if I was to use a SP-2 CD from Microsoft that
> the COA key will work from a system that was purchased in 2001?
>
>
> "D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:3nulv1F3e6ckU1@individual.net...
>>
>> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
>> news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>>> Hi,
>>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>>> find out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of
>>> Windows XP installed on the pc.
>>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>>> attached to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems
>>> being shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our
>>> back up copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Clayton
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>> FYI, I've never had a key fail because of the service pack; I often used
>> slipstreamed CDs to avoid having to install the SP afterwards -- saves
>> time if I can do it all at once. Is it possible your slipstreamed CDs
>> aren't the right version -- retail, oem, vl, etc? That would make a big
>> difference.
>>
>
>
September 4, 2005 7:21:06 PM

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SP-2 CD from Microsoft is when I buy OEM versions from my supplier it comes
with SP-2 much like the slipstreaming that we do, I know that if I am going
to do a repair install or clean install using this disk and then using the
computers COA it will not work as I need to be using the correct version of
XP that came with the computer.


"D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:3nut1jF3dip9U1@individual.net...
> Many of my computers had RTM versions of XP. I made slipstreamed versions
> with SP1 when that came out, then SP2 when that arrived. I've done repair
> installs as well as new installs with the slipstreamed CDs and the
> original product keys. I've done the same with customer computers. As long
> as it's the same version, meaning retail, oem. VL, upgrade, whatever, the
> SP version shouldn't make a difference in the install.
>
> I suppose there might be some weird exceptions, but I haven't run across
> any. Most of the time when I get one that won't accept a key, it's because
> I can't tell the difference between a B and an 8.
>
> Now I've got to wonder what you mean by "SP2 CD from Microsoft." If it's
> *just* SP2, you can't use it to do a repair install, as it's only the
> service pack. If it's an action pack or MSDN cd, that's not going to work
> with your customer's computers, either, considering your description is of
> an oem install.
>
> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:uMtzQ5NsFHA.904@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>> So you are telling me that if I was to use a SP-2 CD from Microsoft that
>> the COA key will work from a system that was purchased in 2001?
>>
>>
>> "D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:3nulv1F3e6ckU1@individual.net...
>>>
>>> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
>>> news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>>>> find out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of
>>>> Windows XP installed on the pc.
>>>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>>>> attached to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems
>>>> being shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our
>>>> back up copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>>>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>>>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Clayton
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> FYI, I've never had a key fail because of the service pack; I often used
>>> slipstreamed CDs to avoid having to install the SP afterwards -- saves
>>> time if I can do it all at once. Is it possible your slipstreamed CDs
>>> aren't the right version -- retail, oem, vl, etc? That would make a big
>>> difference.
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
September 4, 2005 7:21:07 PM

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On Sun, 4 Sep 2005 15:21:06 +1200, "Clayton"
<claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote:

>SP-2 CD from Microsoft is when I buy OEM versions from my supplier it comes
>with SP-2 much like the slipstreaming that we do, I know that if I am going
>to do a repair install or clean install using this disk and then using the
>computers COA it will not work as I need to be using the correct version of
>XP that came with the computer.
>
>
>"D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>news:3nut1jF3dip9U1@individual.net...
>> Many of my computers had RTM versions of XP. I made slipstreamed versions
>> with SP1 when that came out, then SP2 when that arrived. I've done repair
>> installs as well as new installs with the slipstreamed CDs and the
>> original product keys. I've done the same with customer computers. As long
>> as it's the same version, meaning retail, oem. VL, upgrade, whatever, the
>> SP version shouldn't make a difference in the install.
>>
>> I suppose there might be some weird exceptions, but I haven't run across
>> any. Most of the time when I get one that won't accept a key, it's because
>> I can't tell the difference between a B and an 8.
>>
>> Now I've got to wonder what you mean by "SP2 CD from Microsoft." If it's
>> *just* SP2, you can't use it to do a repair install, as it's only the
>> service pack. If it's an action pack or MSDN cd, that's not going to work
>> with your customer's computers, either, considering your description is of
>> an oem install.
>>
>> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
>> news:uMtzQ5NsFHA.904@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>>> So you are telling me that if I was to use a SP-2 CD from Microsoft that
>>> the COA key will work from a system that was purchased in 2001?
>>>
>>>
>>> "D.Currie" <dmbcurrie.nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:3nulv1F3e6ckU1@individual.net...
>>>>
>>>> "Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message
>>>> news:o 3jHM4MsFHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I am a computer repairer and was wondering if there is anywhere I can
>>>>> find out which COA labels on computers relate to which version of
>>>>> Windows XP installed on the pc.
>>>>> I get many systems brought in without the media and the COA label
>>>>> attached to the side of the case and would like to know if the systems
>>>>> being shipped are installed with non SP or SP 1 or 2 so we can use our but D
>>>>> back up copies of XP to repair the installation or reinstall.
>>>>> I found that if I use a non SP XP cd and using the COA key it will not
>>>>> work as it is a SP-1 installation key.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks
>>>>> Clayton

I can use the SAME CD key which was supplied with my CD for BOTH XP
with SP1 or XP with SP2. The installation code for BOTH are the SAME
CD key. SP1 or SP2 do NOT need "installation keys", XP does, to
complete an install, whether it is slipstreamed with EITHER SP1 or SP2
or NOT.

CD keys are NOT provided according to the SP level of XP, but
according to the LICENSE-TYPE of DISC, as in "Full Retail", "Retail
Upgrade", so-called "GENERIC OEM", "DSP OEM", or "Volume License".

Each disc-type contains the SAME OS code, but DIFFERENT installation
options.

So, you cannot use an OEM key with a "Full Retail" installation
package. You must use only an installation package supplied with a
"FULL RETAIL" CD key.

Donald L McDaniel
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