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Windows XP Home Repair Install Problem

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First off, thanks for all the help in advance.

Here is a brief (somewhat) overview of my problem.

My brother's motherboard was dying, so I removed his hard drive, cloned it, and put the clone into an older machine I had (I wanted to keep his original HDD intact in case something went wrong). I attempted to do a repair install of XP Home SP2 on his HDD so that it would work in the new machine. The process seems to go smoothly until the reboot. At that time I am presented with the same setup window as the initial repair. I am eventually confronted by a screen stating, "Setup has already attempted to upgrade the following Windows installation." I am a bit confused as to what to try next. I have done this type of procedure before but have never had this problem.

Unfortunately his machine was an Emachine, so it only had a system restore disk. I managed to come into possession of another XP Home SP2 OEM disk, which I tried unsuccessfully, giving me the fore mentioned problem. I then edited the PDI in the setupp.ini file from the OEM (55277OEM) disk to one of a retail (55277000) disk. Still no luck.

I want to avoid a clean install at all costs. I have already backed everything up, but do not want to have to go to the hassle of reinstalling every program again.

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Howdy and welcome to GTG:

Unfortunately, what you are trying to do won't work along with violating Microsoft's EULA.

That OEM cd and key code is married to the Emachines system it was installed on and came with.

It cannot be used on any other systemeven if the Emachine is no longer serviceable.

Your option now is to purchase a new retail version of XP and use that to do the repair.

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