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Is XP instsllation disc OK for a different installation


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#1 redoak

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 01:45 PM

A local computer sales and repair shop replaced the original "ME" system in a now antiquated Compaq laptop with "XP Home." I now have no use for that computer and intend to scrap it. Is it likely that the Ws installation CD that was given to me, along with the "Key," could be used on a new computer that is coming with "Ws 7" but which I wish to make dual booting with "XP."

How do I tell? Is the MS CD coded externally?

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:22 PM

if you have the windows installation cd with the key code then yes it will work on any computer as many times as you need it to

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:49 PM

Because of all the new hardware, expect some problems with the old drive and OS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:54 PM

are you wanting to move the hard drive? or just install the os on the new computer you get?
because how would new hardware have anything to do with installing a fresh copy of an os to a computer?, if thats what he is talking about doing...

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:57 PM

Well...you may have problems installing XP after Win 7 is already installed also.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 03:13 PM

i apologize i didnt read the original post carefully to catch that he is wanting to dual boot win 7 and xp
yes your right

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 03:16 PM

No apology necessary :thumbsup:...I'm an expert at either misreading or failing to read the entire content of a post.

No harm, no foul is the way I look at it :flowers:.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:13 PM

I found a MS tutorial that covers double booting Ws7 and XP. I have downloaded the necessary auxiliary programs. All I need now at 80 is "guts" to make the attempt! The new Toshiba with Ws 7 is on its way to me.

See: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-...ndows-7-xp.html

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:37 PM

ive always heard it is smart to install the oldest version of windows before the newer version, but im not sure.
its in the forum somewhere

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:55 PM

I know there are ways to do it and tutorials that "should" work...but I prefer to do things the easy way and install the older O/S first :thumbsup:.

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