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XP Pro

by Pierre220 / December 3, 2008 7:01 AM PST

I am running xp pro ,but it is a counterfeit copy, I have just bought microsoft xp pro upgrade with service pack 2,this is a genuine copy, will this load over my existing copy,and will I retain or lose my stored data. Regards Pierre..

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The Problem With Counterfeit XP Installs...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 7:42 AM PST
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..there's no way to know whether the "good" files will correctly overwrite the bad ones.. And because counterfeit copies can frequently contain other "bad" stuff which will cause damage and aren't really part of the operating system, you can be sure those items also won't get removed.

Your best bet.. Make backups of your important files, then format the drive and install XP plus all the drivers for all your hardware devices.. That way, you KNOW you've got a good, clean installation.

Hope this helps.


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Backup what you can't lose first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 8:08 AM PST
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Once you have 2 copies (one copy is not a backup!) of what you can't lose let's look at Microsoft's answer to changing the product key. It sometimes is enough.


You can read a few to see what work there is to do. But the friendly one appears to be

If that doesn't work out, you can proceed to install over the top of the OS. If that doesn't work out, a fresh install is next.

-> Just so you know what a fresh install looks like, read


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