|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.
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