Can I use sticker key to reinstall windows?

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Hi all

I have a Dell Pc, N series, with original xp pro installed on this brand.  Now, the computer is a little sluggish and would do a reformat.    I have the xp of origin cd pro with cd key sticker.  I would like to know if I re - install the original xp with the same cd key, it will accept the same key.  Please specify.

Kind regards

Deruy

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Request for Info

Hi all

I have a Dell Pc, N series, with original xp pro installed on this brand.  Now, the computer is a little sluggish and would do a reformat.    I have the xp of origin cd pro with cd key sticker.  I would like to know if I re - install the original xp with the same cd key, it will accept the same key.  Please specify.

See the response of Daavee, but also, note the following:

Why you want to reformat and reinstall? In my view, it is usually a mistake. With a minimum of care, should never be to reinstall Windows (XP or any other version). I ran Windows 3.0, 3.1, WFWG 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 now, each for the period of time before the next release is out and everyone on two or more machines here. I never reinstalled none of them (with one exception--a problem that I worked on for weeks without success), and I've never had anything more than an occasional minor problem.

It is my belief that this erroneous notion comes from the technical support people in most of the major OEMs. Their solution to almost any problem, for they know not quickly answer is "reformat and reinstall. It is the ideal solution for them. It gets you phone turned off quickly, it almost always works, and it does not need to do any real troubleshooting (a skill that most of them has obviously not in any great degree).

But it leaves you with all the work and all the problems. You must restore all backups of your data, you must reinstall all of your programs, you must reinstall all Windows and updates of the application, you must locate and install all the necessary drivers for your system, you will need to recustomize Windows and all your applications to work the way you are comfortable with.

In addition to all these things being long and painful, you may encounter difficulties with some of them: you will find all your CDs application? You will find all the necessary installation codes? You have data backups to restore? You still remember all the customizations and settings that can be installed to make everything work the way you like it? Sometimes there are problems that are so difficult to resolve that Windows has to be reinstalled properly. But they are few and far between; RESETTLEMENT should not be a substitute for troubleshooting; It should be a last resort, to do that once all other troubleshooting by qualified person attempts have failed.

And perhaps most important: If you reformat and reinstall without knowing what caused your problem, you will most likely repeat the behavior that caused it and quickly find yourself in exactly the same situation.

If you have any problems, post the details of them here; It is likely that someone can help you and you won't have to reinstall.

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