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XP Reinstall on emachines, new hardware, HP oem disk, will it work?


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#1 WAGESLAVEesc

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 11:34 PM

I want to reinstall windows XP, but first I want to make sure it will work. I have an HP OEM disk because apparently I need an OEM disk and I read any OEM disk would work.


1. I have changed a lot of hardware from the original emachines.

2. I have an HP OEM xp reinstall disk, does it have to be the same year? I have 2002 media center edition installed, the disk is a 2005 MCE.

3. I have the XP key from a keyfinder program, but I do not have the key from the sticker on the case. Will this key work?



Thanks so much for the help, very kind of you folks.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:09 AM

<<I need an OEM disk and I read any OEM disk would work.>>

Link?

OEM means two different things...when referring to Windows XP:

a. MS released an OEM version of XP, later changed the name to System Builder. This version of XP was sold to persons like me who build their own systems and then install XP and is used by many. If you want more detail, visit the Microsoft site and/or use Google with the string "system builder".

b. The generic, literal meaning of OEM is Original Equipment Manufacturer. This term applies to entities like HP, Lenovo, eMachines, etc. who make systems and sell them at the retail level Many of these manufacturers no longer provide a copy of a Windows install disk, instead using recovery or restore-to-factory default mechanisms which may involve disks, may not.

In no way...is a equal to b when it comes to attempting to repair XP or reinstall it.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

I downloaded it, it's definitely an HP OEM disk. The recovery thing is FUBAR'd.

I just need to know if

1. HP disk will work for emachines mobo?

2. Emachines cdkey will work with HP disk?

3. Does it have to be the same year edition?

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 08:42 AM

HP is one company...eMachines is another company.

There is no reason to expect that disks created by either for their respective systems...will work on anything other than the system the disk was created for.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:46 PM

"I downloaded it"
You can not download any version of Windows, at least not legally, not even from the manufacturers website.
How do you know it isnt crippled or infected?

1. HP disk will work for emachines mobo?
Probably not. Why dont you just order a set of restoration cd's?

2. Emachines cdkey will work with HP disk?
Doubtful. Two different critters as Loius says.

3. Does it have to be the same year edition?
Same year no, edition probably.

Since you said you changed a lot of hardware I would expect an immediate BSOD on reboot as the drivers wont be for the hardware on the system anymore.

Your best bet is to order recovery cd's specific to the system.
Might cost a few bucks but they might not even work due to hardware changes.
Specifically what hardware was changed?
In the beginning there was the command line.




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