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    What disc do I need?

    If you have a windows XP key, which disc is it you need if you've lost, or where never given the original disc?

    Also, if you're formatting a hard drive, do you need to uninstall windows first so you can reuse that key on the same PC, or will it become usable again once you've formatted the hdd?

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    Paul

    XP is Retail or OEM - OEM if pc purchased from Dell/HP etc

    You do not need to uninstall Windows - just format and go through the motions using the existing key you have.

    you might find your pc has a recovery partition meaning everything is already on the pc. Just a case of activating the recovery partition when you boot.

    Original Poster

    Cheers, rep for both of you :thumbsup:
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