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Reinstalling/ Reformatting XP?


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#1 OTC101

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:34 PM

I have a pretty bad infection on my laptop and have been receiving guidance over on the "am I infected" board. It looks like the best course of action at this point is for me to reinstall XP. However, my XP CD has been lost in a move from state to state. Can I use another person's XP cd for this?

Thanks for any input!

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:39 PM

You can use another CD as long as it is the same version. That is, if you have XP Pro you cannot use an XP Home CD to reinstall.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:45 PM

If it's a legal (not a torrent download, with potential for malware), valid Microsoft XP install CD...not a recovery/restore CD...and it's the same version (XP Home or XP Pro) and you have a valid license to use that version of XP...yes.

You cannot use the other person's license to do the install.

Your license plus any Microsoft XP CD meeting the above = valid, legal install.

I do not mean recovery/restore CDs which may have been issued by Dell, HP, Gateway, etc...I mean a Microsoft XP install CD.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:45 PM

agreed. you will need the same OS disk. i am not sure if OEM or w.e will matter but aslong as you got your orginal code. youll be fine. ask a friend or even a PC shop to loan you a one, they may charge you though.




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