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Clean re-install, which way should I go?


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#1 deltacoolguy

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:05 PM

Clean re-install, which way should I go?

I have a 7 yr old HP laptop that needs a clean OS re-install. It came with Win XP Pro on the computer (not on a disk). I also have a stand-alone copy of XP Pro that I purchased when I had a desktop custom made a couple years later. That desktop has since been upgraded to Win 7 with a new OS (not an upgrade). I have the disk. I am the legal owner of both.

This particular laptop is not super critical (I have a newer one with Win 7), but I would like to get it back running and stable again. Would it be better to use the copy that came with the laptop, or would it be better to use my other stand-alone copy for the re-install?

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:14 PM

Hi,
You said

It came with Win XP Pro on the computer (not on a disk). I also have a stand-alone copy of XP Pro that I purchased when I had a desktop custom made a couple years later.

then you said

Would it be better to use the copy that came with the laptop, or would it be better to use my other stand-alone copy for the re-install?

I'm confused Do you mean there is a disk for the HP laptop or ?
If you mean a recovery partition that would in theory put the laptop back to the way you bought it.
The Retail copy you bought if used would require you to go to HP and download all the drivers.
If you decide to go that route. I would look for a SWSetup folder on the C:, either as C:\SWSetup or maybe undewr a HP named folder. If you find that one and copy it, it should have all the drivers and software that came with the computer ready to use in a clean install. Just scan it first with your antivirus for safety. Don't forget to back up anything you do not want to lose.

Good Luck
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#3 Allan

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:25 PM

Would it be better to use the copy that came with the laptop, or would it be better to use my other stand-alone copy for the re-install?

Thanks.

You haven't told us what came with the laptop. If it is a full XP SP3 cd, then it doesn't matter which you use.




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