XP reinstall question

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Jimbanville

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Hi everybody :)
I have an Asus netbook (don't laugh) with XP home. It's just a back up computer, but I'd like to format and install a clean version of XP home without all the bloat from the factory install. It has no optical drive. I understand a lot of people put Linux on these, but I wanna stay with windows. I see some folks on eBay (with a lot of positive feedback, btw) selling a recovery USB stick for around $20 that they claim will repair and/or reinstall XP. I assume I just use the 25 digit key on the bottom of my computer to register it. I already paid Microsoft for the license for the use of XP on this computer. Will this work? Thanks!!!!
 

Jimbanville

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Btw, here's the seller's info ...
solutions4issues (714)
100.0% Positive feedback
Member since:Dec 12, 2006
Location: US
 

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If the XP from eBay is really legal and genuine (and XP Home) it will work. Even if the XP is pirated it may work because you are going to use your own genuine Product Key. The danger, if it is pirated, is that sometimes those come with a malware bonus.

Do you have a Recovery Partition? If so, and if you can make a Recovery USB flash drive, it would be worth it to create one just in case something goes wrong with the purchased XP. That way at worst you could go back to factory defaults and clean up the unwanted bloat fairly quickly. Some people use The PC Decrapifier for that.
 

Jimbanville

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Judging by his feedback, I trust its virus free. I'm not interested in trying to clean up the stock OS
 
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