From non genuine XP to genuine XP

By cranwo ยท 8 replies
May 14, 2006
  1. Hello you honourable knowledgeable people, A Quick Question If XP Home on the PC is not a genuine version, can I load a genuine version without having to delete the non genuine version. If so what problems would I encounter??? If any and how would it affect my PC?.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If you try to install the legit copy over the pirated copy, you may well have problems. See HERE.

    After backing up your impotant data, use a hard disk utility to zero fill the hard drive, including the boot sector. Then format the drive in the NTFS file system and install the new copy of Windows. You should then be good to go.

    See HERE for a list of hard drive utilities.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You wouldn't need to reinstall. You can simply replace the currently used XP key with the proper one that you have bought. Once that's done, if you install the Microsoft Advantage software, it should notice the legit key & give you access to all the udates (critical & optional).
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Cheers Didou. I didn`t know that.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. cranwo

    cranwo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Very Many Thanks to you both it is a priviledge to know there are people with the knowledge to help those of us who struggle. It seems that 2 of us have learn't something. Please keep up the good work from a very very grateful Novice.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Thanks for your very kind words cranwo, it`s very much appreciated.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    pirated copys are noted for having back door trojuns and spyware on them
    plus goodie like time bombs keyloggers
    I would start fresh if I where you
  8. cranwo

    cranwo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Many Thanks for your valued information. As it is I am going to reinstall and start from scratch anyhow just to be on the safe side..

  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I think you`re probably doing the right thing.

    A completely clean install should be problem free.

    Regards Howard :)
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