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#1 Rebmahc


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Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:54 AM

This is just a question a friend was wondering and so was i.

He wants to re-install windows on his system, its all legit, he has a sticker on there with a code and everything. When he bought it from PC World, it came installed with XP Home, but no Windows disc. Anyway, his PC is now clogged up with so many programmes and files over the years, he wants to wipe it and go back to day 1 again. So he wants to know:

Because he never got a Windows XP disc, can he use someone elses, but use his own number that is on the sticker on his PC?

Would that be legal, and if so, would it work? and if yes to both those questions, could he do it with XP Pro (im guessing not with it having more features) or would it need to be XP Home?

I just remember reading ages ago, i think, that the above is ok to do, as windows is registered with the number and not the disc and is therefore safe and legal to do.


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Posted 12 September 2007 - 08:03 AM

It is possible, but if the original operating system was Home Edition, he will have to reinstall Home Edition again in order for the key on the sticker to work. In other words, the key is proprietary for Home Edition and will not work with XP Pro.

If the CD he uses is an OEM restore disk, he may have to manually change the key after installation.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 08:37 AM

tell him to read the original manuals that came with the computer, it should have directions for making a restore cd or restoring from a hidden partition

if all else fails then have him ask pc world

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