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Windows XP master disk

Posted on 2009-05-19
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is there a windows disk that will accept any key? I have a problem with clients not having their windows disk and only having their key on the machine. I need to reinstall windows on machine constantly and this causes big problem with work flow.

I need to know if I can buy such a dick for windows xp home and pro. I just have to go through so many disks its cumbersome.

I'm not looking for a bootleg pro disk, I need something legitimate.
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No, there are "categories" of disks - OEM, Retail, Volume License, Upgrade (for example) - but no universal disk.  And licensing can be a tricky subject - my understanding is that in some cases, you cannot use the exact same disk for different clients with the same license but different key.  Also, some OEM keys/disks may be locked to the OEM (for example, you can only use a DELL OEM disk on a Dell, an HP on an HP, etc.  (Smaller OEM/Custom built use a "generic" OEM).
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There really isn't a copy of XP that supports or accepts any key. The best thing for what you are asking would be getting a Volume License copy of XP. You would have to contact Microsoft, but Volume License copys are really mean't for business or schools.
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as far as copyright involved, I don't think you can't buy such disk in retail version but oem version which you can't buy in store but might be through some official resellers ;)
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as leew pointed out, most oem disk is proprietary to particular groups/business such as dell, hp, so on, but there is some generic oem disk which is sold to some smaller business; however, it might limit to certain range of licenses
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What is the best way of going about reinstalling windows on machines without a disk then? if you had to do so?
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use image software such Acronis to backup your current os which include all programs and settings then enable Startup Recovery or create a bootable disk including image to reinstall image in same pc or others that has same hardware ;)
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