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I have been given a desk top computer with Windows XP loaded. I have the prolduct key selotaped to the machine. The people who gave me the machine have lost the original disk. The manufacturer was Dan who have gone out of business. The operating syste, was corrupt, but I have got the machine working with another XP disk that was sipplied with my laptop. Is there anyway to activate windows?

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Ya register your windows with this link.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

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Yes there should be, just enter the key on the side of the comptuer, as the key, and you will prob have to call Microsoft to verify. They will basically ask you how many computers is this copy installed on, Say 1, and whats the reason for this install? Just say reformatted disk...

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