oem pc wanting to reformat

March 12, 2012 at 08:57:28
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have a pc that went through a motherboard change and the PC guy installed a fresh oem windows xp pro on my machine. that was a few years ago and i want to reformat my hard drive and do a clean install. how do i go about it?
Can i use any oem disc?
do i have to pay the pc guy to do it?
do i have to buy a copy of windows xp?

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#1
March 12, 2012 at 09:32:04
Do you have the CoA with the Serial Number ? if so what version is stated on the Sticker ?

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
March 12, 2012 at 10:32:44
i have the green sticker that reads windows xp professional it has a procuct key and other numbers.

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#3
March 12, 2012 at 10:40:55
"i want to reformat my hard drive and do a clean install"

What's wrong that you feel will be fixed by a fresh install?

If you have an XP disc, the product key, all the device drivers, copies of all your software, & know how to install XP to a presumably SATA HDD, it can be done. But the fact that you've asked the questions you did tells me you're not very experienced at installing an OS.

Don't forget to make copies of all your important files, documents, photos, videos, music, etc.


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#4
March 12, 2012 at 10:47:12
sorry i wasnt clear. i do know how to install an os but i don't have a disc because the pc shop which installed the os and is now closed.
i would like to re-install because it is bloated with years of demo software etc and there comes a point where defragging and reg cleaners dont cut the mustard,

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#5
March 12, 2012 at 10:53:35
"but i don't have a disc "
You need one
"bloated with years of demo software"
add/ remove programs??

larry


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#6
March 12, 2012 at 13:25:46
"reads windows xp professional" then it is not OEM it would state OEM if it was !

You will need the CD to install: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Just a thought, how far back can you System Restore ?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084


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#7
March 12, 2012 at 20:25:44
Provide the specs of your system or if it is a brand name system, the brand and full model number.

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