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Reinstalling windows

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I have windows XP home on my computer. I havent touched it since i bought the computer, brand new, so it is a perfectly legal copy of windows. Now i want to reinstall windows (wich is installed on its own partition of my 1 hardrive) but i dont have a legal copy of windows, just a pirated copy. My question to you is:

1. If i reinstall xp home with a pirated cd (wich works just fine) would i be able to install it using my legal product key? Also, if i were to install xp profesional, would i be able to use my legal xp home product key?

2. If i reinstall windows, wich is on its own partition of my hardrive, would the other partition containing all my files be affected?

3. If i were to install a pirated copy of xp proffesional with a fake cd key, what would be the disadvantages of having an ilegal copy of xp?

Thankyou in advance any help would be greatly appreciated!
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We can't help with illegal things here... my only advice is to buy a legal copy of XP.
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Every installation of Windows XP needs to have its own serial key. Keys for Home will not work for Pro, and vice versa. By not using a legitimate key, you will not be able to update Windows, leaving you susceptable to infections and other security breaches.

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