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Reinstall Of Xp Home/professional...

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#1 mikeroids


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Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:11 AM

I have a dell laptop and it came with windows xp home, but did not include the reinstall cd. I really need to wipe my HD and start all over. My first quesition is this: I have a Windows XP Professional install disk, will that work with my computer/product key(which i beleive is located near the battery on my laptop?

My second question is this: My mother has a toshiba laptop and she has the windows XP reinstall disk but it specifically says for her model laptop will it work on my computer, and with my product key?

Thanks a bunch, Im attempting to save my self some money by working around things


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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:14 AM

I once asked a MS rep about the legalities about doing this and could not get them to state unequivocally whether this is or isn't legal leaving it at a gray matter. If you have the same OEM disc that was used to install your OS then give it a try. You can also call Dell and see what it would take to get a installation disc from them, it should be considerably less expensive than purchasing the new copy of XP.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:14 AM


XP Home is an apple, XP Pro is an orange.

As for attempting to save money...I imagine that everyone with an illegal install of XP Pro or XP Home...can say the same thing.


Edited by hamluis, 23 January 2008 - 10:16 AM.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:56 AM

I once asked a MS rep about the legalities about doing this and could not get them to state unequivocally whether this is or isn't legal leaving it at a gray matter.

I don't see any grey about it, what could possibley be illegal? The computer has a legal copy, the law and microsoft both require disks to be available in some form or fashion or a recovery partition. Beg, borrow or order an oem disk. First have your number!!!!!!! Make sure the disk matches the number! Download and archive the drivers for the computer.

I have done this several times when someone lost the disks and/or didn't have time to order them. Of course you don't get to install a lot of the programs that came with the computer, sometimes this is a plus. These generic loads always activate and validate and update fine.

Microsoft would rather liscense the OS for a limited time and then have you keep paying them on a subscription basis, that idea didn't fly very well.

Edited by DaChew, 23 January 2008 - 10:58 AM.


No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

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