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Re-formatting a Windows XP computer for friend


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#1 chaldo

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 12:45 PM

My friend has a Dell computer running windows XP home which needs the hard drive wiped, so I offered to re-format his entire computer for him, but he doesn't have any of his Windows CDs. I myself, have always owned Dells, so I have three.

All of my CDs say "Windows XP Home Edition Reinstallation CD"

The first says "Including Service Pack 1a"
The second says "including Service Pack 2"
The third doesn't specify

My question is, can I use one of my windows XP installation CDs to re-format his computer, without Windows prompting me to enter in a serial for him? If it DOES prompt me to enter a serial, can I just enter the serial which is on the sticker on the side of his computer?

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 02:16 PM

I responded to you at tweaks. The response I posted there is: as long as you are just formatting there should be no problem.

Edited by Allan, 02 August 2011 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

Use the Service Pack 2 cd
Then download and install all drivers for the system from the Dell website with the chipset first if needed
Then make sure to install all Windows updates including IE8 and Service Pack 3.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:29 AM

Eyesee - unless I'm mistaken, we're simply talking about a format, not an installation.




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