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Nov 4, 2012 at 1:19 comment added Moab If it is a XP disc from Dell it does contain the key, and will not ask for one during install.
Nov 3, 2012 at 22:40 comment added Karan The only possible issue is, if the previous install was from the factory, it was most likely activated using the OEM SLP key, whereas the COA key is different. Are you sure the laptop doesn't have a factory reset/restore feature? If it does I would recommend you use that instead. Otherwise if you have any problems activating with the retrieved key (most likely you won't), you might need to activate over the phone by calling MS (just explain the situation and they shouldn't cause any problems at all).
Nov 3, 2012 at 22:37 vote accept Den
Nov 3, 2012 at 22:36 comment added Karan Absolutely, use Produkey. Simple, small and portable to boot!
Nov 3, 2012 at 22:30 comment added Den You know that's another issue. I can't seem to find the sticker. Is there any way to get that key from an installed Windows before I reinstall it?
Nov 3, 2012 at 22:25 history answered Karan CC BY-SA 3.0