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reinstallng original opperating system

by almostakkbal / February 26, 2010 8:41 AM PST

Hi.. by mistake I installed anauthorised window vista on my xp running computer. I am now having difficulty reinstalling the original lgit xp opperating system.. Please help

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What sort of media do you have?
by Steven Haninger / February 26, 2010 8:50 AM PST

Do you have an OEM disk that came with that PC?...or a retail disk with the holographic? If so, what about the HD? Is it all free space and an IDE drive?

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Reinstalling original w xp operating system
by almostakkbal / February 26, 2010 9:57 AM PST

The window xp I am trying to reinstall is oem that came with the pc. I do not understand the rest of you comment...

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Here's what you'd need
by Steven Haninger / February 26, 2010 7:45 PM PST

You want the OEM copy of the OS and you want to start with a completely bare drive. By this I mean as close as possible to when it came off the store shelf...no formatting or partitions. If your HD has Vista partitions, you use one of several methods to wipe the drive entirely. Your XP installation CD want's a clean work surface and it will do the partition formatting. Often mentioned here to wipe the drive are free products called Killdisk and Dban. I don't have experience with these as I tend to obtain the HD manufacture's utility that allows a hardware and surface diagnostics during the wipe process. Anyway, once the drive is wiped, you proceed as normal. Boot from the XP CD. Have not other hard drives attached than you want to install the OS on. This includes any external USB types. Have no flash card readers attached either...just the bare minimum...and follow the on screen prompts. Make sure you have all driver disks handy and, most importantly, your product ID code. Good luck.

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