OK, so my really smart brother-in-law has a pretty nice laptop, which he has run into the ground with spyware, and it’s really not worth trying to sort the thing out manually.
He has told me that there is nothing he needs to back up on the laptop at all, so I’m just going to format and re-install Windows.
So anyway, I asked him for the rescue disk, which included the OS (LEGAL version of XP), but of course he can’t find it. The laptop has the COA, btw.
So my question is, if I install Windows XP from another disk, and use his product key, will it pass the authenticity test? (I realise that ratlung posted a workaround for this recently (here: forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?t=48160 ), but my brother-in-law would never be able to do that. I need to set up automatic updates.)
Thanks, techie fans!