Joeski wrote:It's Window XP. Would that key be found in Control Panel in System?
Thanks mayor Richard S.
It's usually on a sticker somewhere, for PC's it's usually attached to the back of the computer. I don't know where they put it on laptops. Probably internally. It's a long set of numbers and digits: "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"
If you can't find it there is an article here discussing how to retrieve it:http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productke ... expkey.htm
Until you find that you can't do anything.
As far as imaging a disc that's good idea because you may have you to use other methods to reistall outside the normal procedures. If it fails you can always restore the drive to how it is now with the image. You can't just copy the files, you need to image it.