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Hi there,

There are two ways to remove the "Manufacturer OEM" tags from Windows XP, and both of which involve downloading a "Retail" CD image from the internet, or by borrowing a CD from a friend. Note that this is not illegal as long as you legally own Windows XP already, and that you have a COA License sticker on your PC (the sticker with your CD key on it).

The first method is the most practical, and that is to do a repair install using the new CD. This will overwrite all the Manufacture's information on the system, while preserving your files and settings so nothing is lost.

The second method is to completely wipe the hard drive and start from scratch, installing a fresh copy of Windows XP using the new CD. You will lose all your files unless you back them up prior to doing this.

Both methods will work as long as you have a valid and legal CD key for Windows, which like I said, should be on a sticker attached to your PC.


Hope this helps.
 

Frank4d

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Hi there,

There are two ways to remove the "Manufacturer OEM" tags from Windows XP, and both of which involve downloading a "Retail" CD image from the internet, or by borrowing a CD from a friend. Note that this is not illegal as long as you legally own Windows XP already, and that you have a COA License sticker on your PC (the sticker with your CD key on it).
Downloading Windows XP from the internet is illegal unless it is downloaded from a Microsoft website, and that is not legally possible unless you have a Technet or MSDN subscription, or other authorization from Microsoft.
 

michael haydn

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from michael haydn to specsnow. Thank you for your help,i will go ahead with your suggestions
 
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