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post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2002, 07:15 PM - Thread Starter
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I am building a new HTPC (my first) and also putting together a first PC for my 77 & 82 year-young parents in order to email pictures of new granddaughter! My son is taking my current "XP Pro" Athlon machine to college.

I want to use XP Pro on both new computers (so that I may maintain only one system type for parents, son, and me).

Pricewatch has good prices ($108 including shipping) for "Sticker License" versions of XP Pro that does not include the CD but does have the sticker and a valid key code and registration number to register with Microsoft.

What is the difference between a "key code" and a "registration number"? Thought they were the same.

I seek to be legal and am confused on how this "sticker version" works in practice.

Do I use the XP Pro CD that is the system on my sons college computer to load the other two new systems?

If this version XP Pro CD is used, do I list its registration number in the XP setup program when loading the system on a new hard drive? Or do I use the new "sticker version" registration number since each of the two "sticker XP Pro" versions will have unique key codes/registration numbers?

Are there any other issues with using this type of software? Upgrade-ability, etc?


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I'd be very leery of this idea. Sounds to me like someone may be selling the "volume licensed" version of XP. There was a volume licensed version that was leaked out to the internet that many people use, but I can assure you that when XP service pack 1 is released it will render these 'semi-legal' volume licensed versions unusable.

There are many other ways to get a fully legal, inexpensive version. One was was to sign up as some type of a product specialist or something like that and you could get a full version for $49.00 direct from MS. Good luck whichever way you decide to go!

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Since the CD isn't included, I'm going to say that this is simply an OEM version. THey will probably have to sell you a mouse pad or CD audio wire in order to meet with MS compliance. I recently had to purchase several copies of XP pro WITH the CD media. OEM version was $142 as I recall. Lot's of places selling the OEM version around this price.


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