XP Re-install questions

May 4, 2011 at 04:03:57
Specs: Windows XP, .75 GB
I need to re-install XP on my computer...I had a friend install a bootleg version and afterwards I found the correct re-install CD and driver CD's. I would like to put the proper installation back in this junk, and I need to find out if I need to be connected to the internet to install it. I also have Norton 360 to put in it immediately after installation, and I have DSL service to do this...I also want to know if the re-install CD will clean out the hard drive and any memory in the event of a lurking virus from this other lousy install...if so, please advise...thanx...Bob

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May 4, 2011 at 05:05:15
Internet not needed for install, but is needed for the validation. A phone call to Microsoft will also validate if no internet connection.
When you install, if you format the partition, all the existing data is gone.

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May 4, 2011 at 11:18:11
If the "bootleg version" is working correctly & the only problem is it's not "genuine", all you really need to do is change the product key to a legitimate one, then activate it online..

If you want to wipe the drive & start from scratch, that's your perogative. Everything can be done using the XP disk. Just boot off it, wipe out all current partitioning, create a new partition (or partitions), format as NTFS, then proceed with the installation. You will need drivers for the motherboard chipset, video, audio, network, etc., not to mention SP3, IE8 & all the other Windows Updates. Also, do yourself a favor - do NOT install any Norton/Symantec product. Just use Microsoft's free Security Essentials software & XP's built-in firewall.


If you have a SATA HDD, let us know because there's a step or 2 that MUST be taken to get XP to install.

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