I need to upgrade my hard drive but am worried that I will need to reinstall Windows XP Home.
The problem is that I don't have the Windows CD-Rom as my current hard drive originally came from an HP system and the only copy is on a partition on the hard drive.
I've upgraded just about everything else on the system (CPU, motherboard, graphics card etc...) and have had to reactivate once. But I'm very uncertain that I can use a new SATA drive without installing a new version of Windows XP Home. Any advice?
Also, if I do need to buy a new version of Windows, can I get away with an OEM version?
If your installing XP on the SATA Drive you will need to have the SATA drivers (will either be on motherboard cd or sata card cd)on a floppy as XP will want them , on the first blue screen (setup) you will need to tap the F6 key (it says this in the bottom left of the screen).
During the installation you may get a box thrown up stating " software installation , ! has not passed windows logo testing to verify its compatability with Windows XP. continuing with installation may impair or destabalize the correct operation" this will be for the SATA drivers , just ignore it and install them .
If you installing to IDE , it should be very straight forward .
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