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Compaq / Sr2050nx
August 6, 2009 at 13:37:36
Specs: Windows XP, 1
My Compaq SR2050NX needs a new Hard Drive. I have a new Hard Drive and a new Version of XP Pro. Can I install that, or does it have to have MS Media Center again, which I don't need, because of the BIOS Settings? I also do not have the Compaq Restore CDs.

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#1
August 6, 2009 at 16:34:38
You can install XP on the new drive. After the install, you'll need to install the chipset drivers etc. You can get them here.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#2
August 6, 2009 at 18:15:07
The above response is correct. That said, what do you mean by this?

"which I don't need, because of the BIOS Settings"?


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#3
August 6, 2009 at 19:33:20
I was told, that the BIOS let you install only what was installed when it left the factory, unless you have the Restore CDs which I don't have.

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#4
August 6, 2009 at 20:36:31
The BIOS has absolutely NOTHING to do with what OS you can install on a computer.

Now, you may have a restore partition on the computer that can be used to place the computer back to the factory state.

What type of WinXP disk do you have? A full version, or a OEM version (restore disk)? If a full version do you have an installation key?


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#5
August 7, 2009 at 06:34:52
Bought XP-Pro directly from Microsoft with the Key included.
Everyone,Thanks for all the Tips.

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#6
August 7, 2009 at 09:44:51
Then you should be good to go. I advise you to get all the drivers prior to formatting the drive and burn them to CDR.

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