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Old 05-21-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Okay, I have a computer I want to reformat. My problem is that I don't know if I have to buy a new OS, in this case, Windows XP Home Edition. Do I have to buy a new OS from a store, or can I just use any other CD?
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if you have the Instillation discs you should be able to use it... as long as you still have the key
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Old 05-21-2006, 09:48 PM   #3
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Problem is that it didn't come with a disk. It came already installed. It's a dell store-bought computer.
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Old 05-21-2006, 10:44 PM   #4
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Then you would need to buy yourself a disc or borrow it from friend if you have a legal license. Is there a license sticker on the side of your computer case? It would have serial number and be shiney :-)
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Old 05-21-2006, 10:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, there is
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Old 05-21-2006, 11:19 PM   #6
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u should have a reinstallation disk, i got one with my dell comp at least...
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Old 05-21-2006, 11:21 PM   #7
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Wait, i have a utility called System Information. When I click on my operating system, it gives me a serial number. Do I use that number when I install the OS? I have a friend who is lending me his Windows XP Home Edition disk.
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There should be something here
http://computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=35435
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Old 05-21-2006, 11:35 PM   #9
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For my activation key, can I just type in the registration code on that little silvery thing on the side of my computer?
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yes, write down that serial, and use it with the installation cd.
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