Installing Windows XP Pro



Darrell Martin
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
I inherited 9 IBM Think Centre computers. All have the XP Pro (CD-Key
number) sticker on outside of case. None came with Windows software on hard
drives. Drives were completely wiped. I have one copy of Windows XP Pro on
CD I purchased in the past. When I install on my IBM computers I receive an
Invalid CD Key. Is there any way to bypass this problem so I can get Windows
up and running on all 9 computers? They all have valid CD-Keys on cases.

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
You'll have to contact IBM and order the correct Windows XP
Restore CDs in order to use the IBM provided Product Keys.

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"Darrell Martin" wrote:

| I inherited 9 IBM Think Centre computers. All have the XP Pro (CD-Key
| number) sticker on outside of case. None came with Windows software on hard
| drives. Drives were completely wiped. I have one copy of Windows XP Pro on
| CD I purchased in the past. When I install on my IBM computers I receive an
| Invalid CD Key. Is there any way to bypass this problem so I can get Windows
| up and running on all 9 computers? They all have valid CD-Keys on cases.

djcaseley
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
I'll bet you're using a retail CD. You'll need at least an OEM cd for
this.

Failing all else, you could try duplicating the retail cd and editing
setupp.ini to match the OEM. This is, strictly speaking, using the
wrong media for the right task. Since you own the licenses, the
legalities should be ok, but don't take my word as gospel. Google is
your friend for what values you need. And like I said, if ALL else
fails.


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Installing Windows XP Pro