XP Home multiple installs (same disk)

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dave holbon, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    I’ve been building three computers for three different people and have inadvertently used the same XP Home setup disk for all the installs (un-activated). Can I, using the three correct installations disks re-install XP Home over the top of two of the originals installs without having to re-format etc, as a lot of time would be wasted re-installing all the other software? Or will I have to phone up Microsoft for the engineer’s key again?

    :) :) :)
     
  2. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I've installed xp several times with correct keys, and invariably, the user had to register again either on line or by phone.

    I thought this was common.

    in other words, I don't think it makes a differance, you have to do it in person anyway
     
  3. yoyo

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  4. dave holbon

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    I used the same product key for all of them
     
  5. RogerPhillis

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    As Yoyo mentioned , as you did not activate XP and it is the hardware differences on these systems that would be the problem, you should be able to do an xp install repair ( 2nd Repair option that comes up) and enter the new product codes on the 2 installations you need.
    Should work .......... if not, reinstall as a last resort.
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  6. dave holbon

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    Thanks all will try this Sunday and post what happened.

    :D :)