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By darylprice ·
hi,
I have a windows pc that was shipped with Windows XP home, a few weeks ago it was upgraded to Windows XP pro. Unfortunatly the copy of XP was already activated. A new copy of XP pro was purchased but it won't install unless you do a clean install. Is there any way to get around this without having to back-up everything? Help needed fast only three days left.
Thanks,
Daryl

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to XP pro reinstallation

You don`t need to get a new CD of XP Pro, all you need is a new Product License code, which you can enter when doing the upgrade, try using XP PRo upgrade disk and use the licence code from your new XP Pro CD.

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by mendenhallre In reply to XP pro reinstallation

Here is a link that i have used and saved me lots of time and hassle. http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/articles/changeID.htm

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by darylprice In reply to XP pro reinstallation

Hi.
Thanks for all the help,but i bit the bullet and did the install as the cd prompted, but the option to repair came up, i used that one and it worked great, but that was after i backed up most of the info on the drive. There was no need to restore any files...whew!! You learn something new every day.

Again thanks to all who answred the call for help.
Daryl.

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by Billy Newsome In reply to XP pro reinstallation

Daryl;
I feel your pain. I too have XP & Pro. installed on my system. Due to an unexpected visit by some virus, trojan, or spyware, I decided to reinstall both on my system; whcih I did. Only now I have to choose from the DOS menu which system to boot from, and my entire system is much slower than before (even with both)
In answer to your question; you may have to loose everything else in order to get your OS back working again. I was told the same thing, but since I reinstalled, I found out that most, if not everything, I had on the system before the reinstall, is still there. You just have to dig it out. Thing is, I don't really remember how I got to where these file were located (maybe in program files on the 'c' drive), which is where I began looking for whatever was there. I thought it would be empty. Was I suprised?

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