Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

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I have a Windows XP Home CD I got from dell with my laptop (almost 2 years ago). Well I uninstalled it from my laptop and started using Windows XP Professional right away, and haven't touched the XP home since. One of my friends is having me build a computer for her on a budget, and if I get another license, it'll throw her over the budget. So I have one question: Will I be able to install the XP Home I got with my dell onto the computer with any activation problems? I know I shouldn't, but just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd ask...


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Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
No activation problems, and (in my opinion) much more stable than XP.
Install W2K/SP4, update IE to version 6/SP1, then do a full windows-update.
Now take an image of that install, using Drive Image or Acronis TrueImage.
Then install whatever else.


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If the Cd from Dell is marked as Dell not a genuine Microsoft cd ,It will not work the Dell disk searches for Dell bios before loading.
If your buying Mb ,Cpu a lot of resellers will sell Win xp OEM disks pretty cheap .Make them a deal they can't refuse.
Better yet try what Real.. said 2K rules...
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yeah, i would use Win2K if I could, but they want some form ox XP on it, so I'm probably just going to get a OEM off the internet, thanks
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