Why is the serial number an issue here?
These v2000 and other Compaq Presario came with restore CDs so you don't have to do anything special. Installing XP from scratch is far too hard on most owners. Look at this call to HP -> http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=271360&messageID=2699006#2699006
That was no less than 10 drivers and some very special instructions.
The restore CDs skip all that hard work.
So I'm planning on wiping my hard drive because its totally wasted. Can I get a step by step tutorial on how to wipe it? I'm backing up my computer on an external hard drive just incase..
Also, I have a windows XP disc but I don't know if it will work because I don't know if it will accept the anti-piracy serial number.. Help?