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    A few years ago I bought my computer ( on ebay :/) which was alright except the video card was generic. Anyway they preinstalled windows on my computer and didn't give me a cd. Now I have to reinstall windows. Is it alright if I go buy windows XP home upgrade (Its only 30 dollars at my university store) and use it to reinstall windows even though the keys wont match?
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    If you buy XP home, it will come with a cd key. as far as using an upgrade disc, it will ask you for a previous copy of windows, in this case you will need to borrow someones full copy of, say....win 98 or whatever. When the XP upgrade disc promts you, youi wil insert the older cd so that XP can verify that you are a previous owner of windows. Without the older windows CD, you will have to buy the full install version of XP, which is more expensive.

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    it would be easier to just use a corp version (download it) than going through all the activation annoyances with xp home/pro. Even if it can be bought for so cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim150
    A few years ago I bought my computer ( on ebay :/) which was alright except the video card was generic. Anyway they preinstalled windows on my computer and didn't give me a cd. Now I have to reinstall windows. Is it alright if I go buy windows XP home upgrade (Its only 30 dollars at my university store) and use it to reinstall windows even though the keys wont match?
    download ROCK-XP, with this tool you can see what your current key is.


    write that key down. and use it when you reinstall WinXP

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    All the above work . But after talking to a workmate who paid for XP home. I would just follow Rossco's advice and download Xp pro corp, and be done with the crap .

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    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    All the above work . But after talking to a workmate who paid for XP home. I would just follow Rossco's advice and download Xp pro corp, and be done with the crap .

    what about being able to get windows updates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim150
    what about being able to get windows updates?
    works fine with some keys... PM me if you want one.

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