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new motherboard and windows xp.


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ewanB

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hello,
I've bought a new motherboard and i want to make sure i know exactly what I'm doing before i start installing it. my computer didn't come with a windows xp install disk (or i386 folder [bleep] it!)
Some guides say i can install it without reinstalling windows; others say i will have to. i can use magical jellybean keyfinder to find my windows something-or-other key.
Is it necessary to reinstall xp, if so can i do it with a friends installation disk, what keys/codes will i need?

cheers!

(should this post have been in the hardware section? i don't know.)

edit: it bleeped out the mildest swear i know!

Edited by ewanB, 18 September 2008 - 01:22 PM.

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You'll need a Windows Repair using the same version of Windows that's already on the computer. So if you have XP Home, you need an XP Home OEM CD. Using an XP Pro CD on an XP Home system will just give you an option to wipe it.
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so i don't need any CD keys or anything like that?
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The CD key should be stuck on the side/back/top of the computer if you have a branded computer (ie Compaq, HP, eMachines, etc). You will need it.

Edited by Neil Jones, 20 September 2008 - 02:21 PM.

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no, i don't have anything on the side of my computer.
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Okay so the next question needs to be where did you obtain this computer and that copy of XP?
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the copy of xp - my mum got it cheap from her work.
the computer - a small computer shop, i doubt it's still there.
why i don't have the disk - i don't know, l can only guess that it was left at the shop.
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Okay if it didn't come with an XP CD or an XP Licence then the only thing I can suggest is take the hard drive out, connect it to another computer, back up anything important, then buy a new XP licence with CD, or alternatively Microsoft can supply you with a new licence. Either way you may still have to wipe the machine.

It would appear you don't have a genuine copy of Windows XP but are using what's called a pirated or cracked copy. You may not be aware you were using a non-genuine copy of XP. We cannot support non-genuine copies of Windows.
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