Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

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

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Reinstalling Windows XP
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Reinstalling Windows XP
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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

Collapse -
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.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
icon
Laptops 19,436 discussions
icon
Security 30,426 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
icon
Windows 10 360 discussions
icon
Phones 15,802 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

CNET's Tech Minute

Top 3 news reading apps

With the latest tech, getting news delivered to your phone is easier than ever. Here's a roundup of apps that are customizable and useful for getting the news.