Windows XP

Hi all...

Just a bit of advice required really...

I have a licence for Windows XP home, the only problem is that the disc is damaged and wont read. I am trying to install it on my eeepc and I cant due to the disc being damaged.

Is it possible to use a different disc and my licence key to install Windows? Also, My disc was service pack 1 and my eeepc wont support this, I know that there is software that will work round this and thats what I intended to do, but was wondering whether if I was able to borrow a newer disc whether that would work?

Finally, if the above would work, Iwas wondering whether any kind soul had an XP disc that they could lend me, or knows somewhere that a replacement disc can be purchased for not much money? If someone was to lend me the disc, I would obviously cover recorded deliver (2nd class) both ways...

Any help appreciated...

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Yes I can send you one. Pm me your address I'll post it first thing in the morning.

So you need XP home SP2 ?

you can also just download a torrent of xp with service pack 2 or 3, and burn it to a blnk disc.

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the dandy p;4911014

you can also just download a torrent of xp with service pack 2 or 3, and … you can also just download a torrent of xp with service pack 2 or 3, and burn it to a blnk disc.



is that legal?

It's a grey area, as long as you have the COA that came with your machine it'll work fine.
There is no difference whatsoever between a torrent and a retail copy, you simply have to burn it to a disc.
If you didn't have a COA and were downloading a torrent with the intent to use it illegally, then obviously I wouldn't post it on here, but seeing as you have a copy of XP that is fully licensed to that machine, then it makes no difference where the actual copy of XP came from. Why is it any different than borrowing someone elses disc? that disc wouldn't be your property.

if your license key has been activated on an existing machine, it may not activate on the new one.
OEM copies of XP live and die with the machine they came with.
retail copies can be moved to other machines if the original has died.

you may end up on the phone to microsoft explaining why you're activating your key again.
i used to work in a pc repair shop doing this all day.
microsoft are cracking down on multiple uses of key codes.

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thanks all for your help
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