XP installation query

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Netty, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Netty

    Netty Guest


    If a pc has a pirate copy of XP Pro on it and I want to put a legal version
    of XP home edition on it, is it straightforward to do? (ie insert cd and
    follow installation instructions) Or will I have to format or fdisk the hard
    drive first?

    Sorry to ask, but I've never been asked to do this before on someone's pc
    using XP.

    Netty, Jul 29, 2007
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  2. Netty

    Mark Guest

    All the furry creatures in 24hoursupport.helpdesk gathered 'round and
    listened as Netty said...
    You can call Microsoft and have them issue a legitimate XP Pro key to
    you. You will have to pay for it though. Unfortunately, there is no
    way to roll down to XP Home.
    Mark, Jul 30, 2007
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  3. Netty

    Netty Guest

    So even if I reformat/fdisk my hd, I can't install XP home? I'm sorry, but I
    just don't believe it can't be done.

    Netty, Aug 1, 2007
  4. Netty

    meerkat Guest

    Of course you can Netty.
    Just makes sure you`ve saved anything you wish to keep First.

    meerkat, Aug 1, 2007
  5. Netty

    Netty Guest

    I thought I could. But not knowing a great deal about XP, I thought I'd ask.
    Question is, how on earth can I format a pc with XP pro on it? When using
    previous Windows programs (95/98) it was easy to get to the C: prompt but I
    have no idea with XP. I have been told to use the XP disk but surely this
    will just reload XP again, or will it??

    Netty, Aug 1, 2007
  6. Netty

    meerkat Guest

    Go here and d/load a WinME boot disk (hope you have a
    floppy drive).

    Boot up with that, and do your fdisk.
    Then load your XP CD.
    meerkat, Aug 1, 2007
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