is there a way to load XP with my CD and then change the number to another numbeR?
by you during this discussion...for any of which I could have pulled the plug on you...I chose to let it slide. I did, in fact, read (and understand) your replies..and though you were adamant that you were right, what you were wanting to do was both illegal and unethical. We will not assist in such situations...period.
I'm glad you've chosen to go the legal route. You'll end up with a better installation and no hassles with activation. It would have been a real disservice to the person you sell the machine to if, at some point down the road, they had problems with activation or needed to reinstall. You would have left them in the same boat you found yourself in.
Might I suggest that, since you have personal information on the machine, you run Boot and Nuke
on the drive before you format and reinstall? Though the only way to be assured that your information is unrecoverable is to destroy the hard drive, Boot and Nuke will make it so only someone trained in computer forensics would be able to retrieve anything. Something to consider anyway...
You made the right choice...