How can I use old (but valid) Windows keys with a different disc?
Posted on 2009-04-11
Hey all, I have a quick question. Normally when a client brings me a machine that needs to be formatted, they don't have their original Windows CD. What I typically do is use my XP CD (assuming it's XP they have) and then use the change license wizard from Microsoft to update it to their key BEFORE activating. However, that doesn't always work. My newest XP cd is Windows XP SP3 OEM which I have a valid key with (my key) and when I installed it, I tried to use the customer's XP key straight from their OEM Dell Windows XP sticker on the side of the box and it said it couldn't be updated. Could it be because this is an old key from before service pack 1, and I'm using a newer version? I always assumed XP Home was XP Home and XP Pro was XP pro. Is there a better way to handle these situations? I do the same thing for Vista. Customers always lose their discs . . . . thanks! At the same time, I want to make sure installing with my disc and key a bunch of times isn't against any rules as long as I always change it to the customers key immediatly before activating!Thanks!