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changing an old drive from 98 to xp

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I have a dell 2100, yeah old I know. i'm giving it to someone with less needs as i have finally upgraded to a gateway laptop. ok so here's the problem, The dell hardrive had died. We are going to stick in another drive from an older computer. The drive currently has 98 on it. It seemed to recognize all the components in the 2100 but then it came to the product key part. Apparently the hard drive is from a different computer than the one we took it out of because the product key on the tower itself is for millenium. so we are without a code and I don't know how to make the restore disks for the 2100 upgrade this replaced drive to xp without getting thru this product code stuff. so here are my direct questions:

1. by holding f8 when the computer boots up, can i then direct it to run the restore disc, effectively wiping out the windows 98 system?

2. Am i even able to do what I am proposing without a product key for the 98 system?
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if you have a recovery disk then just run that it should wipe out the hard drive and load the original system for that computer. No you don't need the code for 98 as you will be wiping it out. If the computer doesn't boot to the cd you will have to either go into setup and tell it to boot from the cd before the hard drive or if it has a boot menu option then choose that and tell it to boot from cd.... note after doing that you still may need to hit a key to run from cd ( depends on the system and the disk. )
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