Is there such an option as finding a cd version from the Product key?

By inesska_6 ·
I have to reinstall XP Pro because of bad HD.
with keyfinder I found what was the product key, but I don't have an original XP CD.
Therefore I m using someone elses CD for installation, but after enterying my product key I receive an error message that its not a valid CD. I tried others CD's with the same result.
Is there any posibility to find CD version (OEM, retail, etc..) from the product key?

Please help, I wasted 2 weeks on it

Thank you for your time.


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If you can still

by IC-IT In reply to Is there such an option a ...

access the old hard drive, you could look for the Product ID. It is in the registry and also in a setupp.ini file.
If the system came with XP Pro on it, it could be an OEM. Some OEM disks were tied to the manufacturer's BIOS.

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Why not

by cmiller5400 In reply to Is there such an option a ...

Why not call Microsoft? They would be able to tell you which CD you need; you will need to have the COA at hand. If you don't have the COA (which by the license requirements it should be stuck ON the PC somewhere) you could be illegally installing the software...

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