I’m trying to install XP Home Edition on an old machine; it came with XP Home Edition, I put Linux on it, and now I’m toying with selling it, or making it a generic backup machine.

I have the CD in there, and the system has a COE and license key on the bottom of the laptop. But the installer is rejecting it. It might be OEM-specific?

So here I am, trying to find a license key to use to install it, so I can go in and crack it. The problem is that I have a genuine license, it just doesn’t work. I’m “pirating” something I own.

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  1. it is an OEM key, but your best bet is to call up and do a phone activation. The rep or phone system will give you a working installation/activation key.

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