Why difference between COA/Product Key Code on case panel & Reg. # found on Hard Drive? Both are OEM
Posted on 2006-05-11
I've been given Dell PC's & the COA on Case panel is of value to me as I plan to upgrade other PC's with known good hardware. The original gifted PC's are Win. Xp OS OEM & I dumped them as no good hardware left (I kept the cases with COA).
Will I have a problem installing the Windows O.S. on the upgraded PC using a Dell OEM CD-ROM Win. XP using the case COA label info.??
Another related question: one PC is a Dell Win Me OS. I noted the case panel COA/Product Key code is different from
the Reg. # found on the Hard Drive. The HD cites an OEM reg., the case isn't OEM, so is that the COA & would be different?
I don't understand enough on this subject. Why doesn't MS just use one Reg. # info.? Is COA & Product key suppose to be different? When I install & am asked to list the Product Key I suppose I use that info. on the case label.
Yes, I have used MagicJellyBean key finder for other PC's, but that was just to verify & print the #.
Question is: do I trust the MJBean findings to be the correct one of the different case # and the HD #??
I'm thinking of installing a larger HD & want to install the Win Me on that drive. Any probelm here??
I want to sell the upgraded PC's & want to assure the buyer that the OS is legit enough to re-install the OS.
The Win Me PC does have a legit CD-ROM.
I do know to keep the use of an install CD-ROM gender specific: Full, OEM.
Thanks for the info. & clarification.