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Computer question...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by PCLoadLetter, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Here's the deal...

    Friends of ours have a computer that seems to be going belly-up.

    I have an old computer lying around that I got from work after we upgraded. The hard drive was erased, so it has no operating system on it.

    I have a full Windows XP disc but have already installed it on one computer, so it will not allow me to use the product key to install it on this computer.

    What's the best/cheapest way for me to get a working operating system on this thing so I can give them the computer? I don't know that they're computer savvy, so I doubt Linux is an option, unless it can run Windows software in a way the most basic user can understand.

    Thoughts? Are they stuck shelling out the money for a new Windows OS disc, or is there a better way?
  2. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    You can try the info here. Just run a Find of Windows XP: http://opensourcerules.info/cdkey.html

    I make no promises but it might be worth a try.
  3. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    And it worked! Brilliant. Many thanks.
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