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How to Xfer Old XP on pc with no disc to New Comp?

I have an old old compaq presario 5300US and my parents bought this off the shelf years ago maybe 6 sum years and now I'm going to build a new pc from the ground up and I have everything already planned and laid out except for the problem of not having an OS bootable disc! Is there any way to possibly move the windows xp software into a cd that can be bootable or do I really have to buy a new windows xp cd...!?!? Btw this computer crashed maybe around 2-3 years of use and I had my dads friend repair it time and time again until he just gave us these 3 burnt cd's, which when put into a cd drive and run on the BIOS wiped out all memory previously on the hard disk and actually made my windows xp home to pro, so I wonder if these are actually bootable disks, 2 of them are 600+mbs in size and one of them is around 400mbs, I would really appreciate some help on this topic because I really don't want to purchase another XP Cd since I'm clean out of cash on all the parts I bought!

Case: Ultra's Dragon MS-Blue Liquid Gloss ATX Mid-T
Mobo: GIGABYTE Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX
Cpu: intel Pentium 4 630 Prescott 800MHz FSB LGA 775
Ram: CORSAIR 1GB DC 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 667 (PC2 5300)
Vid Card: eVGA Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI-E 16X
H-Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB 7200 RPM

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This should work...

In reply to: How to Xfer Old XP on pc with no disc to New Comp?


If you can, take the old C: drive and install it in the new computer as the C: drive. XP will burp a bit but all it should do is tell you to re-activate Windows and maybe some parameters. Don't let this stuff scare you. Looks like you're going to have a nice machine. Let us know if you have any problems. OK?

and life goes on...


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No help here

In reply to: How to Xfer Old XP on pc with no disc to New Comp?

If you do not own REAL windows CDs, then what you are currently running is an illegal install. It looks like your friend gave you a drive clone after he installed pro on your system.

Your old system is so old that dropping the existing drive in a new machine is not going to work anyway.

Buy an OEM copy of XP, Home is around 85.00 Pro about 130.00.

Do a clean install, then put your old drive in as drive D:

DO NOT put in the old drive until you have isntalled clean, it will screw up the drive letters during install.

You will have to re-install all the programs.
This way you will be legal and have a real CD.

You need a real CD for repair installs and recovery console anyway.

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