Re-Activating Windows XP

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by fdugrad, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. fdugrad

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    Aug 30, 2010
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    Hello everyone:
    My hardrive malfunctioned and is not operational at all. I could not remove XP from it. If I reinstall Windows XP (home ed) on another hard drive (same pc), will I be able to activate it or, will Microsoft give me difficulties? The Microsoft website is of no help to my question.
     
  2. BillB3857

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    In my experience, you should be able to use the original install disk and the associated validation key with no problem. If, on the other hand, you have a "store bought" machine, you may not have an install disk since they usually place all recovery means on a separate partition on the hard drive.
     
  3. mbxs3

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    If you have a legit copy with key, you can install it on your new hard drive, no issues.
     
  4. joeyd999

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    Consider this an opportunity to upgrade to Linux! :D
     
  5. fdugrad

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    Aug 30, 2010
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    Thank you for your help. I already installed XP, but can I ACTIVATE it. There is a difference.
     
  6. BillB3857

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    If you have the KEY that came with your disk, yes you can. If it is a copy of a recovery partition from when the computer was new, use the key on the label on the back of the computer. If you have an illegal copy of XP, upgrade to Windows 7 Pro and set up a virtual XP machine from the Microsoft site.
     
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