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Serious Installation Situation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by pompilot, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. pompilot

    pompilot Thread Starter

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    I have a sharp computer which I am reformating. however, i used the HP Windows XP CD (which says use on hp computers only). so i installed it, and it's asking for a key and it's rejecting all my valid ones (cuz it's not an HP).... so now I can't go into windows. how do I get rid of this crap and install a fresh OS? THANKS!
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    First of all you need a legal version of Microsoft Windows XP Home or Pro with the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) and the following article, please print the article for reference

    An Illustrated Step By Step Instruction for Doing a Clean XP Install
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm

    You will find the instructions for how to partition and format in the article and if they are not clear follow this article:

    How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP During an Install.
    http://www.directron.com/formatdrive.html#3

    Here is one from Microsoft

    Microsoft KB - How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310353
     
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