Should I buy XP Install CD & key from eBay?

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January 8, 2010 at 08:39:53
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all,

My laptop has Vista. I need to install XP Professional on it. Can I buy the installation CD & key from ebay?

What is the cheapest legal way to install XP Professional?

Thank you.


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#1
January 8, 2010 at 08:58:43
You would want the xp install disk for your laptop model. Otherwise you won't have the drivers you need for xp to run on your laptop.

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#2
January 8, 2010 at 09:08:47
I wouldn't advise you to wipe Vista and replace it with XP Pro. Your laptop came with Vista on it and thus has all the drivers for your hardware installed on it. If you format and install XP, you could run into some driver issues. Your best bet, if you really need XP, is to create another partition on your HDD and install XP on it. That will allow you to use both operating systems on the same machine. If you do have problems that can't be fixed with XP, you can always remove XP without messing up your Vista OS. You could buy XP on Ebay if you wish, but make sure it's a genuine copy with a valid key. You could buy an OEM version which is cheaper than the retail version. I don't know what your needs are with XP, but if you just don't like Vista, why not upgrade to Win 7. Good Luck.

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#3
January 8, 2010 at 13:30:07
Helpful responses. May be I will use VMWare or something to install XP.

Thank you.


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January 8, 2010 at 14:38:20

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#5
January 8, 2010 at 23:05:12
VirtualPC - now part of M$ may be suitable; as you can then run XP as client within VirtualPC installed via/in Vista as the host OS. But you will need to ensure you have adequate RAM installed - and as other advise too - ensure you can get all drivers etc should they be required?

You can check on the web-site for your laptop re' all drivers etc. for XP? Presuming they are available... then you could also go dual-boot (again a suggesetd by others above)? Be aware that there is specific approach to dual-booting XP/Vista. A google trawl wil bring it up for you...


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