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XP OS Installation - A question - help/advice required.

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My old laptop came with xp installed and has the sticker underneath with the code ofr XP Home on it. I need to re-install xp. How do I get hold of a copy to install that will recognise my code numb…
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
My old laptop came with xp installed and has the sticker underneath with the code ofr XP Home on it.
I need to re-install xp.
How do I get hold of a copy to install that will recognise my code number?
Thanks
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
You can download it from any torrent site or borrow one from a friend,you need to look for Windows XP Home OEM as this is the only one that will work,If you can find one that is also SP3 ( Service pack 3 ) it will save you having to update it after you have installed it,
#2
tonyg1962
You can download it from any torrent site or borrow one from a friend,you need to look for Windows XP Home OEM as this is the only one that will work,If you can find one that is also SP3 ( Service pack 3 ) it will save you having to update it after you have installed it,


Doesn't have to be an OEM
#3
thanks for that
#4
As long as the CD you get says "XP Home" on it, it'll recognise your key. Although it should come with one.
#5
shauneco
Doesn't have to be an OEM


OEM Keys will only work with a OEM versions of windows, Strange but it is true.


http://forums.techarena.in/windows-xp-support/944273.htm
#6
Have you checked to see if you have a recovery partition?
#7
shauneco
Doesn't have to be an OEM


Are you really 100% sure about this ?
#8
DragonChris
As long as the CD you get says "XP Home" on it, it'll recognise your key. Although it should come with one.


What definitely ?.
#9
KrispiiDuck
Have you checked to see if you have a recovery partition?


I agree.

Almost all laptops and PCs come with a hidden recovery partition so you can restore Windows back to "factory settings" very easily.

Check your laptop documentation, or look it up on the companies support site on the web.

The good thing about doing a return to factory settings is that all the drivers and programs will be included in the factory reinstall..

If you do decide to do a re-install of Windows you will lose EVERYTHING on your hard disk.

IF you do an install from the OEM disk you will also need to download and install all the laptop drivers or some of the features of the laptop wont work.

Then of course you will need to reinstall all the programs you have installed since you bought it.
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#10
If you use a proper install disk to do the install your OEM key will not work with the on-line activation. However if you call up the Microsoft activation team and say that it will not activate they can convert your OEM key to a normal one that will activate as I had to do this. I just moaned that it wouldn't activate and they did it all.
#11
martinhb
If you use a proper install disk to do the install your OEM key will not work with the on-line activation.


This is not always true.

I have an OEM disk and have done a number of reinstalls (on the same PC) and never had a problem with online activating.

You can have a problem with activating an OEM disk if you have changed the hardware on your PC.
#12
guilbert53
This is not always true.

I have an OEM disk and have done a number of reinstalls (on the same PC) and never had a problem with online activating.

You can have a problem with activating an OEM disk if you have changed the hardware on your PC.


I think he meant a retail disk,
#13
the__mayster
OEM Keys will only work with a OEM versions of windows, Strange but it is true.


http://forums.techarena.in/windows-xp-support/944273.htm


tonyg1962
Are you really 100% sure about this ?


Oops guess I'm wrong, Although I must of been using an OEM copy to install on past machines. I'd always thought it was a retail version.
#14
I do have the original driver disk, etc - Thank God.

But no OS - though as I said the sticker on the underside is there with the code.

I couldn't find/ was unaware of any partition on the H/Drive

I formatted it as it has been used for 5 years odd and you now how windows machines get. i was amazed it had gone so long. It was taking 2 days to boot and a week to shut down.

It is now pretty much instant. But the OS I have installed is a 'borrowed' Retail XP and is due to expire in a week.

Cheers

Bob

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