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Find XP Version when PC does not boot completely

mgross333 asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-09
This is for my customer; I fix PCs for a living.

PC with Windows XP does not boot competely. There is no MS sticker with Product Key and XP version on the side (Note: This is a custom buiit PC). Using ONLY the limited set of DOS commands available in the Recovery Console (i.e boot from ANY VERSION Windows XP SP2 install CD and go to the Recovery console) how can I determine whether it is running Windows XP Home or Professional or Media Center. Note: The purchase date is also unknown.
Bill of sale is gone. The vendor who built the PC is unknown as my customer got the PC as a gift so I cannot call the builder and find out.

WHY ???: Because to try to fix with a Windows Repair Install I MUST know which version it is running as I must use a CD with that version and the same or higher SP level.

NOTE: I do NOT need instructions on how to find the Service Pack level; I know how to do that from the Recovery console.

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