Solved can i install xp to a new HDD with the recovery disk?

December 31, 2011 at 06:56:55
Specs: Windows XP
I recenly got a new pc and, Like my old one, I want to use XP with it. I want to start fresh with no data. So can I install xp on the new HDD using the recovery disk of the old computer?

What I was thinking was if I plugged the new HDD into the old computer and ran the recovery disk I could then just put that HDD in the new computer and all the drivers would automatically reinstall. will this work??

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December 31, 2011 at 07:07:56
No you can't. The old computer and the new one have different hardware.

If the recovery disk is from a pre-configured OEM computer the version of WinXP is keyed to the original hardware.

Anyway, there may not even WinXP be drivers available for some of the hardware in the new computer. I suggest you learn how to use Windows 7.

WinXP is on limited support from Microsoft.

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December 31, 2011 at 07:26:53
What is OEM??
Thanks anyway.

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December 31, 2011 at 07:33:57
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Original Equipment Manufacturer. Companies like Dell, Acer, Gateway, etc. that sell computers with Windows pre-installed. Those versions of Windows are limited licenses. Legally only good to use on the computer it came on. Usually they will not install on another computer or if they will, you will need a retail installation key, which you wouldn't have.

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December 31, 2011 at 07:55:48
Ok, Thanks for the quick reply.

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