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Can I use my Windows XP disc to repair another computer?

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#1 Computerdude01


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:45 AM

The other computer has the same OS (XP Home 32bit), but I don't have the Windows disc for it anymore. Can I use a disk from another computer/install?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:47 AM

Yes it should work but you have to use the same edition (Home or Pro).
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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:49 AM

I think they're both Home. Hopefully it works!

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:03 AM

Just as long as you do not try to install the operating system on your computer you should be fine.

The problem with installing off another persons disk is windows activation, the product key of the installation disk has to be sent to Microsoft through the windows activation, for the install to continue running with full support features such as windows updates.

If you attempt to activate this copy, it will be flagged as a pirate copy and the desk top will no longer load, you'll be stuck at the Windows log in screen, with the only option of purchasing a new key.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 04:00 AM

The 25 letter/number product key should most likely be on a sticker attached to the tower. You can use any XP Home Edition disc for installation, re-installation or repair just as long as you have a valid product key to enter at the appropriate prompt.
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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:45 AM

If the pc has an OEM version of XP then you will need an OEM disk to avoid any issues with activation. The same is true with a retail version, which means that your OEM install disk will not work to activate your repair install if the pc has a retail key, or visa-versa.
There is a way around this dilemma, and that is to make your disk either OEM or retail by changing the PID on the disk. This is not illegal because you still need a legal XP key no matter what you do, but it will make your life easier

Edited by Joe C, 19 August 2010 - 07:46 AM.

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