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Acualy Is Confusingkid

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#1 11 years ago

So in january or february, i should be getting a new rig. the only problem is, i dont have $$$ for a hard-drive or OS. But i have a hard drive that i want to use. Now, since it already has an os on it, can i use it with a new system??? If not, since i have the cd key, can i use my grandpa's Xp home disc with MY cd key to do a fresh install?? I think its lame that when you buy a prebuilt they dont give you an OS disc(although you're supposed to make one) thanks in advance =p




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#2 11 years ago

I'm sure by January or Febuary you could save up for that HD and OS? And I would re-format the HD before putting it in a new PC. And yes, as long as you have a legal working CD-key your grandpa's XP home disc should work. You may want to consider Vista though if your not getting that system until 2008. It will most likely become a whole lot better by then. Not that nothings wrong with it now ofcourse.




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#3 11 years ago
SteVen;3821271I'm sure by January or Febuary you could save up for that HD and OS? And I would re-format the HD before putting it in a new PC. And yes, as long as you have a legal wokring CD-key your grandpa's XP home disc should work. You may want to consider Vista though if your not getting that system until 2008. It will most likely become a whole lot better by then. Not that nothings wrong with it now ofcourse.

yeah the main thing is, ill BARELY have enough to get the pc itself. of course i would reformat lol. and ok that makes me fell TONS better knowing i dont HAVE to buy an os. as for vista,ill wait it out until there is a game i MUST have only on vista. until then, xp will be my girlfriend. thanks for replying so quick. rep up for you :D




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#4 11 years ago

OEM windows is 89 on newegg:naughty:




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#5 11 years ago
super6-4;3822020OEM windows is 89 on newegg:naughty:

lol i know thats a lot though. i think ill just use my key+grandpas disc.. that way its free. :nodding: thanks for the info though. the next os ill buy will be vista in prolly late 08-09




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#6 11 years ago

If you're going to replace your motherboard, then you'll need a new licence if you really want to avoid a whole lot of bother. Since you didn't get an XP disk, but just a CD key, that means you've got an OEM version of the operating system, which is only allowed to be used on one system. When you try to run the new system, Windows will identify the new motherboard and stop you from using it. My friend managed to somehow get a new motherboard to work with his old hard drive without reformatting, but I have no idea how he did it. I seem to recall someone telling me that XP allows one major hardware change, but I don't know if this is true or not since I've never tried.

The retail versions don't have this issue (you can install them on as many computers as you like, though not at the same time), although they do cost about double.




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#7 11 years ago
Revenge;3822051If you're going to replace your motherboard, then you'll need a new licence if you really want to avoid a whole lot of bother. Since you didn't get an XP disk, but just a CD key, that means you've got an OEM version of the operating system, which is only allowed to be used on one system. When you try to run the new system, Windows will identify the new motherboard and stop you from using it. My friend managed to somehow get a new motherboard to work with his old hard drive without reformatting, but I have no idea how he did it. I seem to recall someone telling me that XP allows one major hardware change, but I don't know if this is true or not since I've never tried. The retail versions don't have this issue (you can install them on as many computers as you like, though not at the same time), although they do cost about double.

hmmmmm. ok now im stuck. i guess i can try the cd-key+old disc and hope it works. and if not, well then i guess ill have to shell out $90 for an os. hmmmm. thanks for the heads up.




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#8 11 years ago

Also, FYI the CD keys for different types of CD are different. An OEM key won't work with a Retail, Upgrade or VLM (Corporate) disc, for example. So if you're using an OEM CD key and your grandfather has, say, a Retail CD it won't work.

And that's before you run into the problem(s) Reven mentioned.




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#9 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3822273Also, FYI the CD keys for different types of CD are different. An OEM key won't work with a Retail, Upgrade or VLM (Corporate) disc, for example. So if you're using an OEM CD key and your grandfather has, say, a Retail CD it won't work. And that's before you run into the problem(s) Reven mentioned.

lol yeah i kinda figured i will just get a job to fund a new hd,a new dvd drive, and xp. i thought i could get off cheap, but i guess not :D




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#10 11 years ago

There's no reason you can't use your old hard drive with a new OS, if that's any help.




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