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#1 mrl636

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:01 AM

Hello,

I have a laptop that is verrrrry slow. I want to format the hard drive and start over. I have the product key for Windows XP, which is on the laptop now, but I don't have the disk. I have the Windows Disk with the same version that came with my desk top. Can I use it to install the Windows XP on the laptop?


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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:17 AM

Do you have a valid license...that matches the CD?

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:47 PM

If both of the disks are the same (OEM, or Retail) then you should be fine. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:01 PM

Your laptop...may have a hidden partition/recovery partition...which might complicate using another disk.

The hidden/recovery partition, if such exists, is there to facilitate recovery/restore of the system...following the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the laptop.

You "should" be able to use a Microsoft CD to install, along with your key assigned to your laptop manufacturer...I do this with eMachines and Compaq systems that come into my hands.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:52 PM

Hello hamluis, matt3,

Yes, the laptop has a partition (not hidden). I plan to format the hard drive so I can start over. And yea, both CD's are OEM's. I used CrucialScan which told me that I only have 2 - 256 MB memory and I can increase to 2 - 512 MB. I'm hoping that by doing this and cleaning the hard drive, When I install microsoft office 2007 student version, it will run fast enough to keep me from falling asleep while using it! I'll have time this weekend and will report back how it went.
Thanks for the help

Mike :flowers: :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 06:28 PM

Let us know how it goes :thumbsup:.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 06:31 PM

If your laptop has a recovery parition then you might not need the reinstall CD what type of computer is it and does it have a revoery partion or just a main partion. Hamluis thanks for covering the recovery part forgot about that. Let me know how it goes if you do reinstall.

Edited by matt3, 09 March 2010 - 06:32 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:25 AM

I re-installed the OS with out ANY problems. I first went into the Bios and changed how the CPU booted up from C drive to the DVD drive. When I booted up using the CD, I was given an option to format the drives first or just fix the OS. I chose to format and now have laptop with just Microsoft XP and a virus program. Oh I went to the Norton site to make sure I wouldn't have to buy a new program since my version wasn't a year old yet. All I needed was the serial number.

Thanks again for the help

Mike :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:46 AM

Nice work by you...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 03:55 PM

nice job. :flowers:
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