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Anonymous
September 15, 2005 9:28:29 PM

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I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
to be legal?
Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
Thanks
September 15, 2005 9:28:30 PM

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OEM version is only legal if it's being sold WITH a major system component
(Motherboard/CPU/Hard Drive). Otherwise, it's illegal.

"ATK" wrote:

> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?
> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
> Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
> Thanks
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 9:28:30 PM

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Neither of those instances sound remotely legitimate.

ATK wrote:

> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?
> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
> Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
> Thanks
>
>
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September 15, 2005 9:28:30 PM

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ATK wrote:
> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?
> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.

Buying an OEM copy is the way to go if you're competent and don't need
MS support but buyer beware applies here. You do NOT want a
Dell-specific OEM CD you want a generic OEM CD.

You can get an generic XP Pro SP2 OEM for about $140 on a few reputable
web sites like TigerDirect.com. I'd stay away from the guy selling XP on
eBay.
September 15, 2005 9:28:31 PM

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Billy wrote:
> OEM version is only legal if it's being sold WITH a major system component
> (Motherboard/CPU/Hard Drive). Otherwise, it's illegal.

Add $3 mouse to that list of "major" system components.
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 9:28:31 PM

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However, only look for a Generic OEM (un-branded) version. The Dell (or
others) version will give you problems when activating (no longer possible
by Internet and may not work over the phone if not installed on the same
branded PC).


"Billy" <Billy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2228252C-F7C8-4F1E-B600-15CE927860D9@microsoft.com...
> OEM version is only legal if it's being sold WITH a major system component
> (Motherboard/CPU/Hard Drive). Otherwise, it's illegal.
>
> "ATK" wrote:
>
>> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
>> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and
>> all
>> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been
>> enough
>> to be legal?
>> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
>> Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
>> Thanks
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 11:08:44 PM

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ATK wrote:
> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
> copy.


If you're serious about purchasing a legitimate license, you might want
to avoid eBay. One should be very careful buying any software on eBay,
as eBay makes no prior effort to ensure that such sales are legitimate;
they react only when someone files a complaint. (And then all that
really happens is the seller of the pirated software returns using a
different alias, to continue selling illegitimate licenses.)


> What does COA and Product Key do.


The CoA is the "Certificate of Authenticity." It's a document, usually
in the form of a label or sticker, nowadays, that certifies the license
as legitimate. The Product Key is a 25-character alpha-numeric code
that you have to enter in order to proceed with the installation of the
OS. Often, the Product Key is printed on the CoA, particularly for OEM
licenses.


> I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?


That would depend upon what, specifically, the "Product Key is on the
back" of. An OEM Product Key is usually affixed to the back or side (or
bottom, if a notebook) of the computer to which it is permanently bound.
A retail Product Key is stored on the back of the CD packaging on a
bright orange sticker that says "Do not lose this number."


> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.


Only if the purchase also includes the Dell computer with which that CD
and license were originally sold, and to which it is permanently bound.
If someone is selling a Dell OEM CD (without the entire computer) on
eBay, you may be 100% certain that the sale is *not* legitimate.



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September 16, 2005 12:24:44 AM

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ATK wrote:

> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine
> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?
> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
> Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
> Thanks
>
>

Don't by XP on eBay. Get an OEM version from a reputable retailer like
newegg, though there are many others.

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Anonymous
September 16, 2005 11:19:03 AM

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ATK wrote:
>
> I have been trying to get XP pro on ebay and obviously I want a genuine

That's the number one worst place to buy an OS. Pick a copy up from an
office supply store for best results.


> copy. What does COA and Product Key do. I asked one seller about COA and all
> I got in reply was "Product Key is on the back". Would this have been enough
> to be legal?
> Also, in addition to above is an OEM (say Dell) copy OK.
> Help please as I don't want to purchase illegal copy.
> Thanks

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