reinstalling Windows XP on an OEM computer


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Guest

I recently purchased a use compaq/hp computer. The computer has no OS
installed. It has a COA for Win XPsticker but no CD for the OS or recovery.
Can I use my retail Win XP Pro CD to install the OS and use the OEM COA
numbers?

If no, What other options do I have?

thanks,
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Obtaining a Recovery CD or DVD set
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...3&lang=en&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=bph07143

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| I recently purchased a use compaq/hp computer. The computer has no OS
| installed. It has a COA for Win XPsticker but no CD for the OS or recovery.
| Can I use my retail Win XP Pro CD to install the OS and use the OEM COA
| numbers?
|
| If no, What other options do I have?
|
| thanks,
 
J

Jim

uces said:
I recently purchased a use compaq/hp computer. The computer has no OS
installed. It has a COA for Win XPsticker but no CD for the OS or
recovery.
Can I use my retail Win XP Pro CD to install the OS and use the OEM COA
numbers?

If no, What other options do I have?

thanks,
There may be a recovery partition on the disk. The manual should tell you
how to use this partition to rebuild your system.

Jim
 
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Jupiter Jones [MVP]

To add to what the others said...
An OEM key is not compatible with a retail CD.
 

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