Upgrade? Downgrade? I just want it to work.
February 1, 2007 11:23 AM Subscribe
How do I solve this Windows installation problem? It's not a software or hardware problem exactly, more like a logistics problem. Anyway, there's....
posted by electroboy to computers & internet (3 answers total)
So I have a computer with a dead hard drive. I've got a replacement installed, went to install Win XP using the full version disk that I bought a couple of years ago through pricewatch. The problem is that, after moving, I can't find the authentication code. I have an old Win2000 upgrade disk, but no other full version except the XP disk. Here are some possible complications:
1. The XP disk appears to be an OEM that was to be included with a new computer, although it's not brand specific.
2. The 2000 disk is upgrade only.
3. I have no idea what to put on a boot disk so that I can format the drive and snuff the incomplete Win XP installation.
4. Retrieving the authorization code from the old hard drive is not an option because, as far as i can tell, it is fried.
So what's the solution? I'd really rather not shell out another $80-100 for another Windows disk if at all possible. I don't really care whether I have 2000 or XP.