64 bit xp serial question

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I have a sony vaio that did not come with restore discs. However I want to reinstall windows on it. First is there a way to do this? is the windows serial somewhere in the computer as I have an xp disc.

    Also, I am a member of msdnaa so I get xp free. I used the xp license for bootcamp. However, I also get the xp 64 bit version for free as well through msdnaa. Is there a way to use that serial on regular xp as the vaio is not 64bit? Is this legal?

    Also, does anyone know when vista will come to msdnaa?

    thanks
     
  2. dunawaydk macrumors newbie

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    The Product Key should be on the Windows XP sticker on the bottom of the laptop.
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    oh man. i may have thrown that away with my wanting a sticker free computer lol. ill go check. thanks you're everywhere tonight with my questions! keep it up!
     
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    cool its still there. so when i reinstall it will i be able to activate it? that may be a silly question but i have not done too much with windows in terms of insatlling more than once
     
  5. dunawaydk macrumors newbie

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    Yes - that OEM Product Key should successfully reinstall on that computer (assuming that the hash value hasn't changed - i.e. that happens when the motherboard has been replaced).
     
  6. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    sweet thanks for all the help. definitely saved me alot of researching google or something
     
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    An OEM key won't work with a retail CD. You'll need to use the OEM install CD if you want to use that key.
     
  8. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    what if they didnt provide any xp discs with the vaio for the windows that came preinstalled? will i not be able to use that serial with the xp disc from msdnaa?
     

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