Can you upgrade to XP by using a backup disc?

By glowingnissan07
Jun 9, 2005
  1. My (currently broken) AMD duron PC didnt come with an OS on its 15 GB hard drive.

    (Once I fix my motherboard), can I install windows XP by using my dad's XP backup disk for his PC? -and using his product key numbers, even though his PC is an HP and mines AMD?

    If not,i dont want to pay $200 for Windows XP. Since i own the OS Windows 95, whats the cheapest i can upgrade to Windows XP?

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You can install XP from any disk, BUT, you can use a CD-key only ONCE, so you can't use your dad's CD-key (or anybode elses for that matter).

    You can buy OEM licenses from about $85.- onwards
    If you do, make sure you get a proper COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) and a KEY.
    Also, only buy from a reputable company, NOT through these scammers/phishers that send you emails for cheap XP-Pro + Office 2003 for only $85.- etc. All they want is your creditcard-info.
  3. glowingnissan07

    glowingnissan07 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 94

    well i mean my Dad's PC came with Windows XP already installed on it, so i dont think that his COA and Product Key Numbers were used already.

    His backup disc has never been used.

    What would i need to install XP from a backup disc? could i used my own COA numbers?
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Use this little program to find out your Dad's XP-key.

    If it is different from the COA key, then you could borrow someone's full XP CD, and use that key. Do NOT try to install from recovery-disks or backup-discs.
    I'm not sure on the legality of this procedure, but you should not have any problems activating your "new" XP this way.
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