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June 20, 2013 1:42:09 PM

I need to uninstall an old unauthorized version of WIN XP & install a legitimate copy I have.
June 20, 2013 1:57:17 PM

Just put the disk in and boot to it, and format the drive during the install.
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June 22, 2013 2:34:46 PM

ss202sl said:
Just put the disk in and boot to it, and format the drive during the install.


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June 22, 2013 2:44:41 PM

thats supposed to work, but the Welcome to Windows page just hung there with " what do you want to do and Install Windows that I checked. my in family I T says finally I need to go to BIOS to uninstall that version of WIN XP, or format c: as he prefers, & install the "heritage" version of XP Pro w/ i a legitimate type #. If I can get my techie teen grandson off his laptop running Linux, he could easily do it.
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June 22, 2013 2:44:44 PM

thats supposed to work, but the Welcome to Windows page just hung there with " what do you want to do and Install Windows that I checked. my in family I T says finally I need to go to BIOS to uninstall that version of WIN XP, or format c: as he prefers, & install the "heritage" version of XP Pro w/ i a legitimate type #. If I can get my techie teen grandson off his laptop running Linux, he could easily do it.
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June 22, 2013 2:58:03 PM

hang-the-9 said:
If the other setup is running fine, and the versions are the same, you can use the legal key you have and just change the key on the existing setup.

hthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/genuine...



I like that idea. see my previous post. the XP version I would like to install instead is XP Pro. A problem my bro-in-law realizes is that that version he gave me with a newly cleaned CPU is probably older than what's on it, so it doesn't want to overwrite it or whatever. I don't really want the older installed WIN & other programs as their 1st or 2nd language is Arabic, which is what the friend of the friend who gave it to us was familiar with and lived in Egypt. "It's Complicated."
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June 23, 2013 6:41:43 PM

poppyo said:
hang-the-9 said:
If the other setup is running fine, and the versions are the same, you can use the legal key you have and just change the key on the existing setup.

hthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/genuine...



I like that idea. see my previous post. the XP version I would like to install instead is XP Pro. A problem my bro-in-law realizes is that that version he gave me with a newly cleaned CPU is probably older than what's on it, so it doesn't want to overwrite it or whatever. I don't really want the older installed WIN & other programs as their 1st or 2nd language is Arabic, which is what the friend of the friend who gave it to us was familiar with and lived in Egypt. "It's Complicated."


If you boot off the disk, and install a clean version of the setup, it will work no matter what version is on there now.
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June 24, 2013 10:08:44 PM

hang-the-9 said:
poppyo said:
hang-the-9 said:
If the other setup is running fine, and the versions are the same, you can use the legal key you have and just change the key on the existing setup.

hthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/genuine...



I like that idea. see my previous post. the XP version I would like to install instead is XP Pro. A problem my bro-in-law realizes is that that version he gave me with a newly cleaned CPU is probably older than what's on it, so it doesn't want to overwrite it or whatever. I don't really want the older installed WIN & other programs as their 1st or 2nd language is Arabic, which is what the friend of the friend who gave it to us was familiar with and lived in Egypt. "It's Complicated."


If you boot off the disk, and install a clean version of the setup, it will work no matter what version is on there now.


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June 24, 2013 10:17:51 PM

It still didn't work when I tried again. I did manage to do a "clean install" by letting Windows wipe the C: drive clean, trying to insert my Pro version after that, but it reinstalled that same old version. But a cleaner version. I could have created a partition just for it, if I knew how & I will check, then installed my Pro version on another section of the c: drive. Then I would go back & delete that partition with the Arabic version. yes? The version runs fine, is fast, & I've changed all the language preferences to English, but there are some quirks. I've held off Registering it of course, or choosing Auto Updates, which would tip off MS again that it is a "blocked Product Code". It's an old Compaq, but a 180 GB HD & my old one is only 80GB. They both can handle 2 GB of RAM, not much these days, but I don't do online gaming or such.
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June 25, 2013 5:37:48 AM

poppyo said:
It still didn't work when I tried again. I did manage to do a "clean install" by letting Windows wipe the C: drive clean, trying to insert my Pro version after that, but it reinstalled that same old version. But a cleaner version. I could have created a partition just for it, if I knew how & I will check, then installed my Pro version on another section of the c: drive. Then I would go back & delete that partition with the Arabic version. yes? The version runs fine, is fast, & I've changed all the language preferences to English, but there are some quirks. I've held off Registering it of course, or choosing Auto Updates, which would tip off MS again that it is a "blocked Product Code". It's an old Compaq, but a 180 GB HD & my old one is only 80GB. They both can handle 2 GB of RAM, not much these days, but I don't do online gaming or such.


What do you mean "it istalled the same old version"? It will install whatever version of XP is on the disk, it will only install the "old" version if you used the "old" disk to run the setup from. Why are you using two disks to install, what exactly are you doing with the setup? You don't install one versoin then put in a second disk, you use ONE of the disks, whichever one you have a legal code for.
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