I have decided to do a complete re-install of XP on one of my machines as it has become a bit bloated and slow. However, can I use a retail XP SP2 disc with an OEM product key
I have 2 windows XP discs and product keys for my two PCs - an OEM SP1 and a Retail SP2. It is the OEM machine I am re-installing and just looking to save a bit of time installing all in one go than having to go onto the Windows update site
If you reinstall XP you're going to have to use Windows update anyway aren't you - or am I missing something? The only way you avoid that is by using something like Acronis True Image to make copies of your updated System as you go along - or not?
Hi mate... if you use your retail disc on your OEM machine you will have to change your Product key and the Product ID number which is normally a number comprising of four blocks of numbers, usually below the product key. To change the Product key you will need to download a windows key changer and change the key over to your OEM one after the installation. Changing the Product ID evolves a manual change to the Registry. To do this, navigate to start/run and type regedit and press enter. In the file browser on the left expand (click on the +) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE navigate to SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion. When you click on the CurrentVersion file or (key), values will appear in the right hand window. Look for the value called Product ID; right click on the file to change the number. As long as you’re the owner of both licenses you will be fine. Also remember that editing the registry can really mess up your machine if you don’t know what your doing, so if you’re not sure about my instructions, don’t mess!
Ollieole You could use Acronis TrueImage if you made an image immediately after re-installing XP & caarying out all the Windows updates & also re-installing your other programs. This way you have a mean version of your system before it has become bloated. However do bear in mind that you will still need to update Windows for all the patches which have happened since you made the image. I have used the above approach & find it is quicker than doing a complete re-install from scratch.