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clean install on old computer

by kykykin / September 6, 2008 4:45 AM PDT

Help! I bought a computer from a garage sale with a copy of xp on it. I think the guy put an illegal copy of xp on there. I bought a brand new copy of xp and installed it over the old copy. Problem is, is that it brought all the old information over from the old copy even though I answered that I wanted the old one deleted and the new one copied. I went in the reg edit and all the old history is there. I also see his username in the documents and settings along with the new ones I created. Worse yet, all the problems with viruses and the computer locking up etc. are happening because I think his registry was infected. My question now is, is there a way to do a clean install where his information does not appear and if there is, will Microsoft let me clean install this again with the same product key for the new one or will they say it was already activated? Thanks!

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by junkyrddawg / September 7, 2008 11:02 PM PDT

xp clean install will not work because the computer you purchased at a garage sale hasn't been updated in any area.you will get a message that xp will not install because the the current os system you are trying to install is older.
anotherwords if you are trying to use an xp home edition or whatever to do a clean install.....chances are the disk is an older xp version with only sp1 on it.you must have an xp sp2 disk in order to do a xp clean install. one possible way to do a clean install of xp is called, "slipstreaming".I have used this method and it works however if the computer os is corrupt...forgetaboutit!!!

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