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Formatting disk drive and reinstalling Windows XP

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February 24, 2012 6:23:59 PM

Hello,

I want to format my disk drive (blank it out) and install Windows XP on my computer. Can I accomplish this using a Dell Reinstallation CD / Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2)?
February 24, 2012 6:58:24 PM

Yes, if that CD is the one that came with that PC.
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March 5, 2012 8:20:16 PM

hmm. and I thought I can just buy any such disk online. Why does it have to be the one that came with that PC?!
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March 5, 2012 10:22:06 PM

OEM CDs look at the hardware and will only install on the right type of PC. For example, I cannot use my Acer XP CD to reinstall XP on my HP PC.
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March 16, 2012 2:22:34 AM

Best answer selected by menonsangeetha.
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