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Old 04-25-2012, 07:52 PM
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A retail XP disk will accept an OEM key but not vice versa.
I'm sure that is just not true, well as far as I know anyway. The repair / install option doesn't come up either when using a retail disk on an OEM OS.

I really need to download a XP Pro SP3 OEM ISO, does anyone know a link as I can't seem to find one except 'cracked' torrent / warez crap (?)

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I found one on a torrent site that had the crack in a separate foler to the iso. Didn't download the crack but unRared the iso to a folder and scanned it to make sure it's clean.
Still need to install it on a test machine but it should be good to go.
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Thanks Chewie, I don't suppose you can provide a link here?

PS edit: Re- Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP (with a retail disk).
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb457078.aspx

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:15 PM
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I'm sure that is just not true, well as far as I know anyway. The repair / install option doesn't come up either when using a retail disk on an OEM OS.

I really need to download a XP Pro SP3 OEM ISO, does anyone know a link as I can't seem to find one except 'cracked' torrent / warez crap (?)
If I'm wrong, then I apologise but the last time I was stuck ( which is, admittedly, probably 7 or 8 years ago) and a few times prior I used a retail disc with an OEM key. This was also definitely with a HP machine - the original install media was badly scratched and they happened to have an original (no SP) retail disk on hand which I used. It may have changed by the time one or other of the service packs was released - kinda like SP3 disks won't accept pre-SP3 keys even thought the versions and OEMs may be correct.
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In any case you may use ubuntu live CD for fixing your hdd and recovering files.
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In any case you may use ubuntu live CD for fixing your hdd and recovering files.
You must have missed the 1st post, I already recovered files with Puppy and fresh oem XP reactivated with retail XP (MS knowledge base link above), but thanks anyway jaydee
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