Wish to install XP Pro again- Please Help

  Shikaree 17:57 23 Jun 2009

Hi Folks,

One of my son's friend give him a computer before he left for Australia. As he already has a latest computer so he gave it to me. It's working beautifully but each time it boots up this window comes up, Windows not Genuine or something to that effect. It's quite annoying each time it comes up.

It has XP Pro on it and the drive is partitioned. One of the big online computer stores was selling XP Pro - OEM so I bought a copy to install into this computer.

Now if I install the new XP Pro will it format the whole hard drive including the Partition.

Please Help


  chub_tor 18:09 23 Jun 2009

Microsoft offer a way to change the key and re-activate click here;en-us;Q328874 never tried it myself.

  Sea Urchin 18:13 23 Jun 2009

chub_tor's link again

click here

  chub_tor 18:18 23 Jun 2009

Thanks I hadn't noticed my link was broken.

  Shikaree 18:50 23 Jun 2009

chub_tor, Sea Urchin,

Read the instructions. Not straight forward. I have not opened the brown box in which the new purchase of XP Pro is in. It has a Label with a lot of key bars and numbers but I can't see the Installation Key number here. Will it be on the CD inside.

Can I Format the 'C' partition only on this drive then install the OEM XP Pro into 'C'.

I have XP Pro on my own computer. I have never installed an Operating System before as they come preinstalled.

Please advise.

  woodchip 18:53 23 Jun 2009

On the CD or a Label on the MS book you should get with the CD.

It should be a Sticker that you can put on the PC, I put mine on the Book

  lotvic 19:08 23 Jun 2009

You will need the motherboard system drivers as well if you do a fresh install

  lotvic 19:14 23 Jun 2009

for a howto and pictorial guide to installing XP read
click here

  Shikaree 19:25 23 Jun 2009

woodchip - I'll open up the Box and have a look for the Sticker. Thanks

lotvic - "You will need the motherboard system drivers as well if you do a fresh install" - Ok, I'll have to open up the Case and search what motherboard it is. Then search the website, to obtain the the Motherboard Drivers.

Oh, I thought that the Operating System did that for you.


  Shikaree 19:27 23 Jun 2009


Thanks for the LINK - for a how to and pictorial guide to installing XP read

  Shikaree 19:41 23 Jun 2009

Hi All,

This OEM version that I've purchased only comes with SP3. No SP1 & SP2.

It says Microsoft Product Description - WinXP Pro EN W/SP3 1PK DSP OEM CD

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