Need windows 2000 professional HP compaq disk

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a bunch of older compaq notebooks (n600) that I would want to give away to people. They all have a windows 2000 professional cd key on them but it seems I need the HP/compaq disk or cd of windows 2000 pro so that it will work with the CD key.
Can someone help me find a Compaq Windows 2000 CD please!!
Question by:techbeausejour
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    Try Ebay or Craiglist

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    Do you have a valid windows 2000 cd with key? If so, you can build the machine with it. Then use the windows product key changer to change the product key to the one on the machines label. This is legit as I have done it with 20 Compaq NX6125 laptops. I used our company disk (legal) to build the image. Then I ran the Microsoft tool to change the product key to the ones that the laptops came with. Just make sure that you are using a legit 2000 cd onthe first build as the information is sent back to Microsoft during the key change.
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    by:Dr. Klahn
    I think, in this case, it may be necessary to have the correct distribution disk.  There were different COA key code hashes for Windows 2000, and my experience is that it is necessary to have the correct distribution CD.

    I've tried the method gpfrank describes -- load from a retail kit with retail CD.  Aggravatingly, for me it never works.  The system loads as expected, but when it comes time to change the key, the attempted key is rejected as invalid.  It doesn't seem to matter whether the key change is attempted through Sysprep or a key changer such as Jellybean; the key being attempted apparently must match the distribution CD that was used to load the system.

    If I remember right, there were at least 6 different key hashes for Windows 2000 retail alone.  I've no idea how many there were for OEM versions, but the odds of a randomly selected distribution matching a random key would seem to be, at best, one in six.

    heat_z0ne probably has the right of it.  A CD matching your keys is the simplest and possibly the only way, and the only likely way to get an original HP distribution CD is probably ebay or craigslist.
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    Followup:  I may have some useful information, which however is unfortunately not suitable for posting here on Experts Exchange.  If you're still chasing this problem, I can be contacted through my web site:


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