And as always, you never leave what you can't lose on a hard disk. Ever! No matter what they tell you, Murphy was an optimist.
Hi - In Nov. 2001, I bought an HP Pavilion pre-installed with Windows XP. Shortly thereafter, my son, who builds and plays with computers the way some kids play with cars, offered to put his copy of Windows XP Pro on my machine to make it easier to network our computers (as I recall). Anyway ... it turns out this is a pirated version of XP Pro. I would like to buy a legitimate version and install it on my computer. I have two questions:
1) Do I need to buy the full version, or can I use the cheaper upgrade version?
2) Any pitfalls to watch out for? I'm hoping that I can just stick the CD in my computer and it will install flawlessly over the existing version. Is that hoping too much? For example, I get automatic notification when Windows updates are available and routinely install them. Will this present tricky questions for me, like whether or not to overwrite the newer files during install?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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You really need to know which OS your son used in the first place. I have found that an Upgrade version will NOT accept a full version key. This was with WindowsXP Home edition. I had reinstalled the OS on a machine I was working on. The version key the owner had was an Upgrade key. I had used the disk from a full version for the install and the key was not accepted for activation. I had to wipe that install and then redo it with the upgrade disk and then the key was accepted. I have not used Windows XP Pro upgade but would assume it to be similar.