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I have a question about the coa. I purchased a used laptop that had no operating system on it. It does how ever have a coa on the bottom.

I don't understand how this all works, can I use a disk that I own with windows on it and use the coa from the bottom of the laptop to install a new operating system.

I see they are selling coa's on ebay so they must mean something as there are no disks with them just the coa.

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It would have to be the same version of windows as the COA is for, so if that laptop shipped with WinME say, the COA would only work for WinME. For versions of Windows prior to Vista, it will also matter if the disk is a retail disk, or an OEM disk. With this being a laptop, I would guess the COA is for an OEM version.

The legal issues are open to debate though. IANAL, but if it's an OEM version that came with the laptop, and the seller is using it on a different PC, or sold it, he would be violating the EULA IMO. If it's retail, you can get into an argument about whether the seller intended to sell the laptop with the OS key, or intended to keep the OS, but forgot to remove the sticker.

If that key was used to install and activate Windows XP/Vista recently, you probably won't be able to activate it online, and would have to call MS to activate.
 

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Contact the OEM of the laptop and see if you can get a CD from them. Most will require the serial number and about $25.00 US.
 

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I would agree to send for restore disks but what you could try is if you have XP Home full version, that is what those oem's normally use so you could try that with the coa to save time.
You are still going to need the driver from the OEM to get this box running completely.
 
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