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#1 Supermart57

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 04:54 AM

I am about to replace the small hard disk in my laptop with a bigger disk, the original has insufficient capacity. I will be using a 60GB Hitachi to replace the IBM branded original, they appear to have matching fitting shapes.

My specific concern is installing Windows XP. I intend to use the recovery disk which came with my machine then update with SP2 etc. Will this require reactivation?

Can anyone point me at a guide to the pitfalls and problems of replacing hard disks and suggest the best order in which to install the software.

I also run MS Office 2003 on my old machine, will this require reactivation on transfer?

All advice welcome
I'd like to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 04:29 PM

Hi Supermart57,

My specific concern is installing Windows XP. I intend to use the recovery disk which came with my machine then update with SP2 etc. Will this require reactivation?


In my experiences, it does require reactivation any time Windows XP is freshly loaded. Before you activate it, make sure you have all the hardware extras installed - meaning any extra hard drives - or hardware changes. I loaded a fresh copy of XP, added a hard drive and a cd rom drive, and then had to reactivate it again because it thought I was copying it to a new computer. :thumbsup:

If Office is not installed via the restore disk, I think it will require activation too.

I hope this helps... post back with any questions.

Good luck,

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 05:43 PM

Microsoft has a FAQ for the activation process.

XP ACTIVATION

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 05:22 AM

Thank you for pointing me at the Microsoft Knowledge Base. Now why did'nt I think of that myself???? :thumbsup:
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