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#1 mrl636

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:53 AM

Hi, I just joined. I think I'm in the right place. Question: I want to wipe clean my laptop and re-install xp home. I have the product key but no disk. Can I use any xp home disk and plug in my product key?

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 01:31 PM

As long as it's the same version (Home for Home, Pro for Pro, no 64-bit if you have 32-bit)...and it's a Microsoft XP install CD...you should be able to do so. Some say that's not so...but I've never dealt with the circumstances they cite.

I emphasize Microsoft install CD...because most of the documentation for such was not written for "recovery disks", "restore disks" and such.

The key/license is....well, it's the "key" item :thumbsup:. The CD is just a storage device for facilitating the installation of the needed files.

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a clean installation of Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

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