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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:24 PM
Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:47 PM
Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:58 PM
A qualifying disk is required...only when the user is using an upgrade version of XP for an install. One of the qualifications to use that particular version of XP is that the user already owns a "qualifying version" of Windows.
If you received a copy of XP with your system purchase...it it unlikely to be an upgrade version of XP.
But it can be a restore/recovery CD, which is not necessarily akin to Microsoft XP install CD and plays by the rules of the system manufacturer.
System manufacturer and model?
Posted 03 May 2009 - 08:03 PM
Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:17 PM
You said you have an XP disk that your computer came with, what is that?
Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:27 PM
But is it a full version or an upgrade version?
Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:41 PM
Edited by Stang777, 03 May 2009 - 10:45 PM.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:49 PM
There isn't any reason that I can see that you should not be able to use that disk (especially if you are putting it back on the gateway it came with) as it should be a full version. You are installing a new operating system on a hard drive, not upgrading, so all you need is a copy of the full version of XP and the license code. Like Louis said, it is unlikely that disk is an upgrade since it came with your computer. You said it is for installing or reinstalling windows and that is what you are doing, so use it. Since you are putting it on a drive for the computer it came with, there should not be any problems.
If it does not work, then come back and we will try to figure out something else for you to try.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:51 PM
Edited by Stang777, 03 May 2009 - 10:53 PM.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:02 PM
In this case, your qualifying disk is that one.
The articles that say you need any other version of Windows installed before installing XP must be for when the XP disk you are using is an upgrade version.
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