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Reinstalling Windows XP

by pwoolsey / November 25, 2003 11:19 PM PST

I have acquired a used Compaq computer with licensed software, including Windows XP. I want to keep my better motherboard and cpu, use the "new" larger hard drive(it has been formatted), and basically take the best from both to make a nice computer. I have never used Windows XP and am worried if it will allow me to do this. I seem to recall that you have to register XP for it to be activated and if I make these changes, it will show up as a different computer. The software I have is, "Compaq Operating System CD","Compaq Restore Plus", and 2 "Restore Supplemental Software" cd's. Since I will be changing the mb and cpu, will this Compaq software install on a now 'generic' computer? Thanks for the help - Phill

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Re:Reinstalling Windows XP
by David Chan / November 25, 2003 11:31 PM PST

"The software I have is, "Compaq Operating System CD","Compaq Restore Plus", and 2 "Restore Supplemental Software" cd's."

As such these Restore CDs can only be used on that Compaq Make/Model with the same Motherboard & CPU.

"Since I will be changing the mb and cpu, will this Compaq software install on a now 'generic' computer?"

In this case you can't use the Compaq Restore CDs to reinstall XP.

Also check that the new motherboard will fit the Compaq case & power supply unit before you purchase these parts.

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Re:Re:Reinstalling Windows XP
by pwoolsey / November 26, 2003 12:20 AM PST

Thanks - I guess I'll have to do less changing out of parts then. Phill

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Re:Re:Re:Reinstalling Windows XP
by Alan Copeland / November 26, 2003 10:36 AM PST

My expeience with Compaq Restore CDs is that everything has to be the same, HD size, RAM, etc.

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