Thread: Windows XP SP3
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Old 09-17-09, 10:46 PM   #14
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Default Re: Windows XP SP3

I downloaded an image of Windows XP SP3 to install onto a Dell computer using the key that was on the Dell's case.

It didn't work.

I tried two more and they didn't work either. Some said OEM and some said Retail.

ViN mentioned that some manufacturers use keys that are only compatible with their CDs. I guess they have some kind of imprint in the installations that. I think there is a name for this id\imprint but I'm having trouble finding it now.

I downloaded a Dell XP SP3 OEM CD and it worked flawlessly.

Not all manufacturers require vendor specific CDs, but some vendors' windows keys will only work with windows CDs marked specifically for that vendor.
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