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i noticed that my Windows XP Professional SP2 licence provided by my school cannot be used by the XP source i already have? it only works with the image provided by the school. is there a difference in this XP sources? like normal retail vs VLK or corporate or OEM?

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This has been discussed here (and elsewhere) many times, but I won't harp on you for not searching this time because I'm in a good mood :).

Yes, retail, VLK, and OEM (and there's even differences in OEM versions, royalty OEM vs retail OEM) are all different and take different product keys.

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And just for a little more clarification..."royalty" OEM meaning it was sold with a computer from a vendor such as Dell, HP, Acer, etc.

Also, "corporate" and VLK are one in the same. There's really no such thing as a "corporate" license...that's just another name people have given to the Volume License Keys/Media. If I'm not mistaken, you can purchase a few as 10 licenses under the VLK.

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