New copy Windows XP

May 1, 2009 at 05:30:07
Specs: Windows XP
I've bought a new copy of Windows XP pro
because my windows key is no longer valid. I
don't want to format the computer because I
don't want to lose the other programs and data
I have. Can you tell me what procedures do I
need to follow to do it safely?

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May 1, 2009 at 05:49:00
Is the new copy of WinXP a full retail copy? What type of WinXP version is currently running on your system?

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May 1, 2009 at 08:19:10
Something's not right with your story. Valid keys don't become invalid for no reason. If you already have XP installed & it's been activated/validated, all you needed to do was call M$ to straighten things out. There are also plenty of "non-legal" ways around it. There was no reason to waste your money on a new copy...but what's done is done.

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May 1, 2009 at 19:56:10
Use ntbackup.

Install xp.

Apply restore from ntbackup.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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