Hi I've read a few of the posts here and, as usual, I'm a bit lost. A colleague of mine has given another of my colleagues an old tower which she had bought from a Mom and Pop store in 2004 that came preinstalled with a Frencch XP Home OEM version. The hardware is still running well but it had a linux instal on it recently and I've been asked to reinstall XP on on it. However there's no COA on the box and the person is looking for the original CD's but since its been 6 years, I'm not hopeful. Getting my hands on a corresponding OEM version is easy enough but are there tools here that could make it activate if I use MS's SL keys to install ? I've read through the stickies but, to be honest, most of it is a bit above my head and the OEMBIOS archive would seem to be a good option but I think I'd need the COA right ? Any option to get it to activate using OEMBIOS files without the COA ? Otherwise, my mom has an old Fujitsu laptop who's on its last miles but I'm unsure if its been formatted with a stndard XP Pro CD or reinstalled using the OEM instal. It does have a COA but its in English and its for pro instead of home. Any chance to use that one to activate the french home version ? Thanks. PS : I know these questions must have been asked a thousand times but I couldn't find the answers during initial search so feel free to direct me to the proper keywords I should search for or, failing that, link me the appropriate info and I'll be happy to do the rest. PSS : I know its easy to say but I was weary of this being a legit version of XP until I was showed the bill from the mom and pop store (actually a 5-6 stores chain down this way so it has credibility) and it did state XP on it. That's actually how I came to know which version was originally installed.