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    I recently lost my desktop w/XP and replaced it w/a new system running Vista. I was so disapointed with Vista I bought a used tower whose OS had been removed. On it I loaded a OEM copy of XP from my original computer which loaded find. The hardrive was 20G. I could not, however actvate XP and it expired in 30 days. I then bought a new XP Pro and did not know how to remove the old XP so I loaded it over the original (I think). It works fine but I now have only 10G on the HD. Suspecting I have 2 OS and a partitioning problem I now thought I should remove the latest and start all over again. Loading the XP Pro CD does not appear to give me an option to remove the OS. Can anyone give me a little help? Thxs!

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    Re: Removing XP OS

    OEM copies of XP are not supposed to be installed on different hardware than they were originally supplied with -- it is in breach of your license agreement.

    Since you had (presumably) already activated it on the original hardware, that is why it failed activation the second time around.

    Since you bought a new copy of windows -- why not go with a fresh install?
    Boot from the XP Pro CD
    Select Fresh Installation
    Delete existing partitions

    Result: Clean setup with no issues
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      Re: Removing XP OS

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      OEM copies of XP are not supposed to be installed on different hardware than they were originally supplied with -- it is in breach of your license agreement.
      I always thought you were allowed to recycle the OEM licences as long as the original machine was destroyed.

      OP follows Tom's advice and you'll be fine.

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        Re: Removing XP OS

        but it sort of relates. OEM license used to be only available with a system. That appears to have now changed. The following link is an interesting read for OEM licenses. http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=885079
        1 1 was a racehorse.
        2 2 was 1 2.
        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
        2 2 1 1 2

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