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Old 09-17-09, 10:27 PM   #13
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Was this a burned cd or was it a real pressed Microsoft cd that actually says "For distribution with a new PC only. For product support, contact the manufacturer of your PC."? (Real retail disks don't have that phrase on them)

It was burned I think you had a retail disk (and this is a common issue), if it was in fact a genuine OEM cd I think you mistyped the key and then couldn't find your mistake.
That's possible. Yes it was burned cause I had no way to get a genuine one. It's weird though cause CaptN had the same issue with an OEM disc...

And I doubt I mistyped it cause if it rejects it once, the first thing I do is check the entry. I don't think many people would give up after one try lol.
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Old 09-17-09, 10:46 PM   #14
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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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Not all manufacturers require vendor specific CDs, but some vendors' windows keys will only work with windows CDs marked specifically for that vendor.
This is simply not true.

Both of you have questionable disks at best. Go get a REAL OEM disk (obviously Home if you have Home or Pro if you have Pro) and I guarantee it will work with your keys.

Look at the images I linked earlier, if the product key page during the install is yellow it's a retail cd. If instead it has the certificate of authenticity image it is an OEM disk.

There are DOZENS of torrents and sites that purport to have OEM Xp Home or Pro disks and I'd bet that a good 90% of those are mislabeled and are in fact Retail disks or Volume License media.

The reason that the Dell OEM disk worked just means it was the first OEM disk you actually got your hands on. The fact that it was Dell branded is inconsequential. I'll burn you a Starscream branded OEM disk if you want.
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Old 09-17-09, 11:41 PM   #16
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Agree to disagree?
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Old 09-18-09, 03:22 PM   #17
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This is simply not true.

Both of you have questionable disks at best. Go get a REAL OEM disk (obviously Home if you have Home or Pro if you have Pro) and I guarantee it will work with your keys.

Look at the images I linked earlier, if the product key page during the install is yellow it's a retail cd. If instead it has the certificate of authenticity image it is an OEM disk.

There are DOZENS of torrents and sites that purport to have OEM Xp Home or Pro disks and I'd bet that a good 90% of those are mislabeled and are in fact Retail disks or Volume License media.

The reason that the Dell OEM disk worked just means it was the first OEM disk you actually got your hands on. The fact that it was Dell branded is inconsequential. I'll burn you a Starscream branded OEM disk if you want.
Its likely that the disks were mislabeled Retail disks. They did have the yellow product key picture in the installation so they must have been retail images.

I guess that makes sense.
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Old 09-19-09, 01:49 AM   #18
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Well that clarifies that issue. Thanks Starscream for the clarification.
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