Can I install XP with just a copy of the cd?

June 24, 2009 at 00:11:59
Specs: Windows XP
I am having difficulties with my desktop. It will not get any anti-virus program nor it will defrag the drive. I am trying to re-install XP, but only have a copy of the XP cd. The person who initially installed XP on my desktop just gave me the cd and told me that if I run into any problems with my PC, to just use the cd. The thing is, I forgot how he told me to install XP. Will I run into problems if I don't have the product key? It has worked before on somebody elses PC.

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June 24, 2009 at 00:46:16
You can indeed use the copied cd to reinstall the operating system to your computer.....provided that...

1) it matches the type of operating system already installed.

2) you have the correct activation code to use during the installation

3)that the installation already present is indeed a legal installation and not a pirated installation!

Change Is Good

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June 24, 2009 at 11:40:16
Thanks for the info. The present installed version is indeed legal. I will give it a try, but am a bit shaky about it.

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June 24, 2009 at 11:43:39
STOP, you need to retrieve the installation key from the present install BEFORE you wipe things. Download a utility called magical jellybean keyfinder and use it to recover the key. Get it at the link below.

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June 24, 2009 at 11:44:58
Before you install XP, use Rockxp to get the license from your already installed xp.

Or Magic Jelly Bean.

UK MP's are thieving scumbags.
EU members are worse.

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June 24, 2009 at 11:45:40
Thanks for the warning. I would of done it just like that.

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