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How can I use the XP CD-Key on the back of my Sony computer? I want to reinstall windows on the sony because it's a bit sluggish... How can I reuse the key? Do I need a special OEM disk or something?

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Did you get some sort of "System Restore" disk with your computer?
Or any other discs that came with your computer?
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Usually you have restore cd or you have to make one if the system you have comes with a restore partition on the hd. If it does you don't need to use the key.
If it don't then I don't know what can be done.
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No, I am fixing this for a girl and she doesn't even know what those are. I don't know where I can download the restore CD either. :\\
    
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You should either have a restore disk or a partition with the restore on it to create a disk. If there is no disk or partition, I think you may have to contact the OEM to get one. I am pretty sure that other OEM's versions won't work with that key.
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Ouch, a lot of people don't make Restore Disks and end up in this bind.
    
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Ouch, a lot of people don't make Restore Disks and end up in this bind.
I can still boot into windows and there is no option for it. I think this computer came out before Sony started including that program on the computer. It's an old P4 and it uses a Geforce 2.
    
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You can indeed use another windows xp cd to reinstall windows with the original key as long as it is the same version (home). You will have to get the drivers for everything online though. I have done it many times.
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If it is that old then it would of came with the restore disk then.
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You can indeed use another windows xp cd to reinstall windows with the original key as long as it is the same version (home). You will have to get the drivers for everything online though. I have done it many times.
Thats the way I had to fix alot of people pc. Download all the drivers you need first then install the os.
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