Buying XP

By Texaus
Nov 2, 2008
  1. I am contemplating a fresh install of XP. I do not currently have the disk that came with my PC, so will need to buy. I do currently have a valid, working (for the most part) copy of XP Home edition on PC. WhicH copy do I need to buy?

    Windows XP Home Edition SP2 - $224.95


    Windows XP Professional Upgrade SP2 - $89.95

    Sorry if this is a moronic question. I'm hoping the cheaper purchase would work. Please keep in mind that the whole purpose of my doing this is to start with a fresh clean copy of XP. So if the upgrade will work but not give me a clean install, it would be worthless to me.

    Thanks much.
  2. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Actually, you don't need to buy either. If XP came with your system, there is a Windows sticker somewhere on it that has your Product Key. That's really what you're buying. You can borrow a Windows XP installation CD from anyone and use it. Just make sure the version of the CD matches the type of product key you have (XP Home)

    -- Andy
  3. Texaus

    Texaus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Thanks, that is very good to know. Let's say I cannot find anyone to lend me their disk and I was forced to purchase my own. Would the cheaper soulution I originally asked about get me what i want?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

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