I would like to legally make my copy of Windows XP work!
March 4, 2012 11:04 PM Subscribe
I need Windows XP on my boot camp capable Macbook Pro. I purchased the home edition SP2 a long time ago, but have now lost the product key / activation. I'm looking for legal ways to install XP tonight or tomorrow.
posted by visual mechanic to Technology (6 answers total)
I still have the installation disk. I'm willing to pay for a new key from microsoft, if they sell such a thing. Or I'd like to buy a fresh copy in Los Angeles by tomorrow. Every store that I've looked into that normally sells software only seems to be selling Windows 7 now.
I could order one from Amazon and have it overnight, but I wouldn't get it until Tuesday. (That's my backup plan.)
It has to be Windows XP, there is software that only runs on that platform. I know I could buy Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise edition and run it in XP mode, but I'd rather avoid that if possible. (That's backup plan #2.)
Also, I can't find the receipt for the software I purchased, and it's not OEM, so I think calling Microsoft Customer Service or scanning my computer to get the lost key is out. It was installed on my Mac at one point, but I didn't like how much hard drive space it was taking up, so I deleted it.