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Can I Use Disk?


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#1 txishome

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:05 PM

If have a Windows XP Home disk that came with my laptop, can I use it on my desktop? I want to uninstall Windows XP and start over on my desktop since there seems to be something that keeps it from running properly. I've tried all the scan disk, defrag, etc. that I can think of and it still won't run properly.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:17 PM

If it is a retail full install and your desktop has the exact same thing(i.e. Windows XP Home full install) you can use the disk. You will have to use the CD key for the desktop when installing. If the desktop came with XP pre-installed, you might possibly have other issues.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:45 PM

No, you can't use it. It will work, and will install - but you'll encounter problems when you try to activate it and update it. If you're not using the laptop anymore you may get away with it - but using the 2 of them will land you in trouble with Microsoft.
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:32 PM

I have the Re-install cd from my old laptop (long since bit the dust), not being used any longer. Should I try it? Does it install OVER what is already installed on the computer?

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 05:07 PM

If you are refering to the laptop maker's installation CD it will not do you any good on your desktop
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 05:29 PM

Thanks, Mark, that's what I needed to know!




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