oem reinstall xp on old toshiba laptop ???'s have a toshiba A75-S209 laptop. Pentium 4 3ghz cpu, ati mobility radeon 9100 IGP graphics, realtek audio and NIC. I have the toshiba reinstall cd that came with the laptop, and it has the COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop with the 25 character key. Used my dell XP reinstall cd with service pack 2 on it, installed fine, tried to activate with my key and did not work. I then tried an older dell xp reinstall cd that was windows home with service pack 1, that installed fine but would not activate. Also tried calling microsoft and the indian gave me the call my manufacturer speech and hung right up. So I used my toshiba cd which is a ghost image that throws AOL, Norton 2002, and a bunch of other **** that takes as long to remove as it does to reimage the disk. Is there a way to load winxp cleanly from my dell restore cd's, because it has all the drivers too for the eternet card, sound, etc. then somehow activate it off the toshiba restore cd? Isn't windows xp windows xp, why would it or how does it matter whether it comes from my toshiba cd or my dell cd? I thought my laptop was licensed for xp, what am I missing? thanks.