Re-installing XP - which disk?

  jtt 12:35 16 Jan 2008
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Someone I know needs Windows XP home re-installed. He has the XP home sticker on the PC with the product key, but doesn't have disk (he's never had one) - he has the OEM version installed. Can I use any XP home disk (retail or OEM) to install XP, and enter his product key, or will there be a problem if (for example) I use an XP retail rather than an XP OEM disk?

  conrail 12:56 16 Jan 2008

I use a retail version of xp home to reinstall, just enter the product key from the sticker windows will verify it, unless, like my sons iqon which I have just formatted but it would not take the key from the sticker on the side so I had to use the recovery disc I made when I 1st bought the pc so if your friend made one of these just insert that and it should reinstall
hope that helps

  jtt 12:24 17 Jan 2008

He doesn't have a recovery disk. I think it's best if I borrow an OEM disk rather than a retail disk.

  birdface 14:03 17 Jan 2008

As long as it has Windows XP Home on it it should be Ok.Then just add the Product key number on the side of the computer.

  xania 15:11 17 Jan 2008

If you don't have a restore DVD, there should be another way to restore to factory settings. Are you sure there's no restore option supporting a hidden partition on the PC. NB if you do find it, back it up to another media before the HHD dies on you.

  jtt 12:15 18 Jan 2008

There isn't a restore partition. Even if there were on, I wouldn't use it since the PC came supplied with lots of what I call "junkware" trial programmes, etc, so I always prefer to do a clean install.

  Snec 13:14 18 Jan 2008

There is no differemce between retail and OEM versions...... well, there is just one: the huge saving made by buying OEM.

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