How do I create XP Home SP3 OEM iso for my Compaq w/ COA sticker?

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by doomslayer, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. doomslayer

    doomslayer MDL Novice

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    Hi all,

    Although I've spent 3 nights already breaking my head over this, I still don't get it. Will someone please guide me in the right direction? Here's my situation:

    I have a Compaq Presario SR9xxx that has a COA for Windows XP Home. I've zeroed the harddrive and now would like to install the OS (XP Home SP3) using the key on the COA. I've used the OEMBios Tool so I have 4 SLP strings to work with; using one of the SLP strings, I've got the compressed OEMBios file set. I've been using as a guide Suicide Solution's sticky: "How To: Create Pro OEM SLP CD".

    All help/guidance certainly appreciated. Tks.
     
  2. user_hidden

    user_hidden MDL Expert

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    if you are using an OEM version of XPhomeSP3 and your COA key is an OEM one than you require nothing.
    you only require SLP strings and OEMbios sets if using an OEM:SLP key which the COA key is not.
     
  3. doomslayer

    doomslayer MDL Novice

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    Got it! I'm downloading an XP Home SP3 OEM now and I'll report later on the results. Tks.
     
  4. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    #4 CaptainKirk1966, Feb 18, 2012
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    @doomslayer,

    Insufficient information. If you are trying to install from retail media, you need to modify the disk or iso image, and edit setupp.ini to accept OEM keys. If you are trying to buld an OEM SLP disk, the COA key is irrelevant, because you would then use an slp key + proper oembios files.

    Why not just install pro instead of home edition, and grab a proper iso from tcntad's collection ?
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/25580-Windows-XP-Pro-OEM-SP3-Archive-(Untouched-ISOs)

    Edit - I just saw that you are downloading a new iso - good luck.
     
  5. doomslayer

    doomslayer MDL Novice

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    @ Captain,

    I'd rather go w/ Pro but I want to stay away from piracy so I'm settling for the Home rights. But thanks!!!
     
  6. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    Using SLP isnt piracy..
     
  7. Tito

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    Well said... its just proof of concept ;) :D
     
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  8. urie

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    Technically installing XP pro version when computer has home OEM COA key it is piracy :eek: machine is not licensed for pro version.
     
  9. tcntad

    tcntad MDL Guru

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    Yea "technically" :)
     
  10. doomslayer

    doomslayer MDL Novice

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    @ User Hidden,

    Just using a plain ol' simple XP Home OEM iso with the COA on my Compaq worked!!! I can't believe I spent 3 nights breaking my head over this?! Thanks!!!


    @ tcntad, tito, Captain,

    That time in my life where I could take chances is gone. I appreciate the camaraderie though! :D
     
  11. user_hidden

    user_hidden MDL Expert

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    :welcomeani:
     
  12. mossy

    mossy MDL Novice

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    Hi doomslayer

    could you point me in the right direction for the XP Home SP3 OEM you got, have been searching and going round in circles. In the same situation as you and want to use my COA key.

    Thanks
     
  13. Tito

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  14. mossy

    mossy MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the quick reply Tito, had already looked there and under the untouched ISOs can't seem to find XP Home SP3 OEM am I being stupid.
     
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  16. mossy

    mossy MDL Novice

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    Ok getting retail version as we speak, also did some background reading, so this is the plan :

    before burning ISO going to edit i386\SETUPP.INI
    burn ISO
    install and activate with COA

    how does that sound now lol

    Thanks to everyone who contributes to this site, for their time and effort.


     
  17. Tito

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    Yah... as simple as it sounds :) ;)
     
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  18. urie

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    @ mossy, yes for the moment you can activate using coa key if you are lucky even though M$ years ago stopped it officially I think it was after windows Xp SP2 because any one could go into a store and copy OEM:COA key from a branded machine the whole point here is OEM:SLP so you can Pre-Activate your computer no need to call M$ just try reactivating with OEM:COA key a few times and eventually you will need to call M$ :eek:
     
  19. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    I have activated unused XP COA key in the last year without a call to MS. I had read of them stopping it because too many keys were being improperly copied from the stickers on computer cases. So I didn't expect it would work, but it did. So may get lucky, at least first time.
     
  20. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    #20 stayboogy, Feb 22, 2012
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    the COA key on my OEM Compaq machine is the same as the SLP key for the same manufacturer for the same edition.

    it is my assumption that all OEM machines are this way, and that the COA is nothing unique ever on an OEM machine.
     
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