Genuine Windows XP Software question

March 5, 2010 at 14:24:54
Specs: Windows XP
Back in 2003 we had the mother board replaced on our Dell Dimension 4300, then in 2005 my husband took it in to a different computor place to have some viruses cleared off. They sold him another Windows XP Home Edition and I'm not sure why.\r\n
Over the years the computor had has gotten bogged down, so I want to do a system re-store or a clean sweep? Will I be able to re-load the software that came with the Dell?
The store that replaced the mother board went out of business, and I think there was some sort of issue with the start up software.

Sandy

XXXXXXXXXX@XXX.XXX

edited by moderator: 1. Masked out email address for security. 2. Post moved from General Hardware Forum to Windows XP Forum


See More: Genuine Windows XP Software question

Report •


#1
March 5, 2010 at 15:14:12
The reason for the purchase of a new copy XP was that when the motherboard was replaced, the original Dell licence was no longer valid and would have failed to install due to the difference in hardware as well as failing to activate with the Microsoft server because the Dell license is not transferrable.
So while you still have the original Dell case, you don't have the original computer.
The replaced motherboard could have been anything, not neccesserily one supplied by Dell and if it was but a different model, the same criteria applies.
So you would not be able to use the original disks to reinstall.
You can reinstall using the Xp disk supplied, but all addtitional programs would need to be reinstalled.
You had it repaired in 2003, so it's 7 years + however long you had it before, so is it worth messing with.
For half the price you paid for it then, you can get a new system that is a lot more efficient, with a 500 GB hard drive 4 Gb of ram and a 20-22 inch LCD monitor.

Report •

#2
March 5, 2010 at 17:41:32
I just wanted to get the old computor to work faster for my DH to keep him off my laptop, lol... We don't have the money for a new desktop right now. I know it was mistake having it repaired a second time in 2005, but DH took it in! Thanks for the reply.

Sandy


Report •

#3
March 6, 2010 at 22:57:58
The fastest you can get would be formatting the hard drive fully with the XP disk, updating windows repeatedly until done (maybe a couple of hours worth), updating available drivers for your hardware, and reinstalling your programs (edit out what you no longer need).

Report •

Related Solutions

#4
March 8, 2010 at 09:54:43
If you do decide to format the hard drive and re-install XP, then you will need the C.O.A (licence key) that was used to install windows when it was repaired. This should be recorded on the new licence sticker that your repairer should have stuck on the base unit at that time.

If he has not done that or you are unsure whether the C.O.A. (license key) label on the base is the original dell (should say so on the label) or the new one, then there is another way of finding your Windows key.

This requires that your current XP is still runable. Find and download a utility called magical jelly bean keyfinder from:
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/key...

Run it and save your licence key. You can then reformat and install a fresh copy of XP using that licence key.

___________________________________________
When everything else fails, read the instructions.


Report •


Ask Question