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  • XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

    I know for Vista, the CD Key can be used any on any version, but does the same hold true for XP?
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    Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

    I have used my home key on an install of XP Pro, but I wont say for absolute certain this holds true. Best thing you can do is give it a try. Its only a few hours of your life wasted.

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    • #3
      Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

      All right, good to know it worked for someone else. :)

      Needed to ask since I have one copy of each, but 8 CD keys for Home and only 1 CD key for Pro (which is being used).
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      • #4
        Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

        no, xp keys only work on the version they are intended for

        there are 8 main different versions - and the keys ARE NOT interchangeable.

        xp home OEM
        xp home retail
        xp home VLK
        xp pro OEM
        xp pro retail
        xp pro VLK
        xp pro mediacenter oem
        xp pro tablet oem

        also, vista keys are NOT interchangeable either. if you try to use a basic key on business, you will either get basic, or a prompt telling you the key is invalid.

        there are 8 main different versions of vista:

        vista starter x86
        vista basic x86
        vista home premium x86 and x64
        vista business x86 and x64
        vista ultimate x86 and x64

        and the keys are only interchangeable between the x86 and x64 flavors of the same version.

        this does not include vista upgrade (which are a different key as well)

        this also does not include server versions for these OS'es.
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        • #5
          Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

          Hmm, darn. Oh well, I'll just stick with XP Home then.

          Thanks for the information Dog. :)
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          • #6
            Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

            I mix and match install media and keycodes all the time (get an oem keycode from any make or model dead laptop or desktop and install in on a barebones dell or hp with the corresponding oem media - I have a collection of os install disks from all the major manufacturers: Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, Fujitsu, Sony, Asus, Oqo, Toshiba, emachines, Acer, etc.) but the oem xp home key has to match the oem xp home media (no pro or media center)
            Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein
            The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. -Harlan Ellison

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            • #7
              Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

              Yep, have a bunch of keys myself from salvaged rigs and older systems devoid of precious parts.

              Was hoping to use XP Pro on one of the older machines instead of XP Home.
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              Former 9th & 13th

              Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
              Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





              SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

              TG Primer and Rules

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              • #8
                Re: XP Pro and XP Home CD Keys Interchangable?

                XP Home should be referred to as XP Crippled. That's why it's cheaper. Plus, it hides all the scary (and useful) technical stuff from home users.
                Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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