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Install XP Home using XP Pro disc


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#1 cjame1220

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

I have a Dell Inspirin Mini 1012 and it doesn't have a CD/DVD drive. I made the mistake of installing Windows 8. Needless to say, it wouldn't boot after that. I installed the HDD in my HP tower in order to format the drive. I have a reinstall disc of XP Home svc pk 2-the Cert of Auth is for XP Home ULCPC. I need a way to install XP Home using what I have now. I need options, guys! :bananas:



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:44 AM

Your topic title and body don't agree.
 
So, to confirm, are you trying to install using an XP Pro disk and an XP Home key. . . or trying to install with an XP Home SP2 with an XP ULCPC key?
 
The first scenario definitely won't work, and based on some quick research (not very familiar with XP ULCPC), the second won't either.  ULCPC is considered a different version than home.
 
The best bet would be to contact Dell and see if they can provide a solution.  You may be out of luck though.

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I know that this isn't pertinent to your question: but XP support ends in a few weeks. It is time to consider upgrading. While your Mini may not be able to support Windows 7 or 8, it could support a light Linux Distribution. I'd encourage taking time to read over the following topic which has some more information about this: With XP ending, what are your alternatives?

Linux may sound scary to the uninitiated, but some distibutions such as the one suggested in the above topic, Ubuntu, are easy to get the hang of.

Anyway, best of luck!

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#3 cjame1220

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 03:24 AM

Re-installing XP isn't exactly my first choice, either, but my Win 7 Pro Product ID isn't valid now (MSDN). Linux sounds like a good alternative-how do you put the install on a thumb drive-just copy it and boot into USB first?



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 04:25 PM

Basically yes. You can install Linux from a thumbdrive, CD, DVD, direct download any number of ways depending on the exact flavour you decide to try. I suggest you go and have a look at the posts in the Linux OS section of BC, where you will also find 'Cheesemaker's Linux Corner' !
 
There is reasonably wide agreement that Puppy (because it is very small) and Mint are good starting points.
 
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