Reinstalling XP From Upgrade And/Or Bootable CD

February 10, 2013 at 17:58:28
Specs: XP-Home SP3, AMD QL-65/3 Gb
I have an old, tired XP box that I would like to wipe clean and reinstall the OS on. The history of the box is this:

It was purchased as an eMachine many years ago and came with the OS installed. The only CD included was the eMachine Restore CD, which I still have. When the motherboard went bad a few years ago, a repair shop replaced it with an Asrock P4i65g motherboard and returned it with Windows installed and working. It still has the original 80Gb hard drive. When I view the System Information it still says eMachine model T2682, although it has an Asrock motherboard.

OK, so back to my clean install question.

I have 2 old CD's from a system that I built many years ago, but I am so far removed from those days that I don't remember how they were used back then.

One CD is an official MS Windows XP Home Edition CD. In various locations on the CD it says "Genuine", "Includes Service Pack 1", "Version 2002" and "Upgrade". It also says "This program will search your system to confirm eligibility for this upgrade edition". At some point in time I wrote the 25 character product key on the face of the CD, so I have that.

The other CD is a CD-R on which I wrote: Bootable XP SP2 6-16-08.

So here's my question: If I reformat the drive in my current "used-to-be-an-eMachine-now-it's-an-Asrock" box, can I use either of those CD's and end up with a fresh OS install? If not, will the eMachine Restore CD work - although I really don't want all of the eMachine crap that I remember was on the machine when I first bought it.

Any advice you guys can offer on ending up with a clean machine would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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#1
February 10, 2013 at 19:29:28
Get the product number off the XP Home SP3 version you have installed, then I can advise further.

Use ProduKey
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/produc...
Portable ProduKey
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...


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#2
February 10, 2013 at 20:27:39
Sorry to sound suspicious, but am I putting myself at risk by posting the product number (aka Product ID, right?) in an open forum?

Also, if the number you are looking for is the number I think you are, why couldn't I just use the number shown in System Information? Why did I need to download ProduKey?

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#3
February 10, 2013 at 20:43:41
"but am I putting myself at risk by posting the product number (aka Product ID, right?) in an open forum?"
Not really, googling can find lots of keys. But, all I wanted is for you to show you have the skill to find it & tell me you have it.

"why couldn't I just use the number shown in System Information?"
Not the real number as you will see when you run the program.


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#4
February 11, 2013 at 04:33:16
re: Not the real number as you will see when you run the program.

I ran the program before I asked the question about the Sys Info value. That is what prompted the question.

If by product number you mean the Product ID returned by ProduKey, then I beg to differ with your statement.

I don't get a column with Product Number, so I assume you meant Product ID. If that is not correct, please let me know what I should be looking for.

The Product ID returned by ProduKey matches the string shown in the View System Information window. I just tried it on 2 machines and the Sys Info value matches the ProduKey value on both.

The strings look like this:


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#5
February 11, 2013 at 05:46:32
"am I putting myself at risk by posting the product number"

No, go right ahead. I'm sure no one will use it, lol.

You obviously will need a product key to be able to install XP. Use Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder to retrieve the key from your current installation. If your CD is the XP Upgrade edition, you'll need an earlier OS (Win95/98/ME/2000) to upgrade from. All you'll need is the CD for verification purposes, the older OS doesn't actually need to be installed.

http://www.duxcw.com/faq/win/xp/cle...

You might want to create an entirely new CD with SP3 slipstreamed into it. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to do it using nLite. You'll also have to collect all the drivers needed for your ASRock board.


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#6
February 11, 2013 at 05:59:56
What town/city country are you in please.

If you are online now I shall stay up for a while.

Run this program & see if it gives you the same Windows Product Key numbers.

SIW ( I use the last Freeware version )
Copy of the Free version I use ( No need to take out a Premium account or sign up for anything )
http://www.filedropper.com/siw-setup_1
Or here,
http://www.datafilehost.com/downloa...

1: Left hand column. Software > Licenses.


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#7
February 11, 2013 at 06:40:56
"If by product number you mean the Product ID returned by ProduKey, then I beg to differ with your statement"
As stated earlier, Product ID is not what is needed to reinstall XP.

I just downloaded ProduKey & ran it.

Alongside Product ID, you should have Product Key, they are the numbers needed. Did you get those?

The reason we have to get those numbers are because to pass the MS activation after installing XP, the motherboard & Product Key & locked into the MS database.

You now need an XP Home CD & use the Product Key numbers if you were able to get them.


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#8
February 11, 2013 at 09:47:00
Well, there's part of the confusion. You asked for the Product number which is not the title of any column provided by ProduKey. That is why I asked if you meant Product ID. Since you have now clarified that you want the Product Key we are on the same page.

I'm not pushing back...I'm just saying that your request for the product number added a little confusion as to what you were asking for.

I am not at home right now, but yes, the Product Key is available via ProduKey.

re: You now need an XP Home CD & use the Product Key numbers if you were able to get them.

As I mentioned, the only XP Home CD I have is an Upgrade CD that has a Product Key written on the CD - which I wrote many years ago. Until I get home I won't know if the Key on the CD is the same as what is shown via ProduKey.

If the Key does not match, is the Upgrade CD of any use to me? At this point, I do not know if I have any other Windows OS on a CD.

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#9
February 11, 2013 at 11:44:54
Derby, I would not post the key in the open myself.

#5 above covers things well. Upgrade versions of XP, weather OEM or full retail will work over the top of qualifying previous versions of Windows.

See the link below for a full list of qualifying products. Of course you MUST have a key. Good to retrieve the keys for any software currently on the computer. jellybean can retrieve other keys besides Windows.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292607


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