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Old 02-08-2007, 11:37 AM   #16
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Allow me to piggy-back onto this thread with my own "tech-help" issue.

I need to replace my current Windows XP with a new {cough:legit:cough} copy of Windows XP. My question is will I be able to simply select "upgrade to Windows XP from earlier operating system"? or do I have to reformat the hard drive thus backing up a lot crap onto cd?
Assuming you aren't going from Home to Professional (or vice versa), I think you can just change your validation code.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:37 AM   #17
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Not necessary, just keep a hand or a forearm on a metal part of the case. It's also better not to do it on carpet.

I've NEVER worn one and I've been building PCs since I was a kid basically. Just ground yourself and discharge your static on the case and don't walk around a lot while you install. I usually sit down when I work.
yeah that's what I've always done when working inside the computer, I ground myself on the case and also work on an uncarpeted floor.
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Or you can just edit the system file and tell Microsoft to suck it.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:38 AM   #19
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Allow me to piggy-back onto this thread with my own "tech-help" issue.

I need to replace my current Windows XP with a new {cough:legit:cough} copy of Windows XP. My question is will I be able to simply select "upgrade to Windows XP from earlier operating system"? or do I have to reformat the hard drive thus backing up a lot crap onto cd?
Is it a full copy or upgrade?

You SHOULD be able to just do a reinstall of Windows, saving your personal files without formatting.

I'd need to know if it was an upgrade or full version to give you a thorough answer.
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yeah that's what I've always done when working inside the computer, I ground myself on the case and also work on an uncarpeted floor.


This is what I do.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:38 AM   #21
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yeah that's what I've always done when working inside the computer, I ground myself on the case and also work on an uncarpeted floor.
Yeah, the wrist-straps are for gullible geeks. :cheeky-sm
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:39 AM   #22
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Are you going from Home to Pro or are you just wanting to change the serial number to a "legit" copy?
Pro to Pro, ill-legit to legit.
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Pro to Pro, ill-legit to legit.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:51 AM   #24
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I researched this initially but then my cousin-in-law (if there is such a thing) works for Microsoft and gave me a copy obtained through his employee purchase program. Would you still go with your suggestion?

But then Matty's post got me thinking about getting a new HD (I have a 20GB 7200RPM Seagate) and installing the new XP onto that one and then booting up with that drive. Eventually I'll move all of my files to the new hard drive.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:02 PM   #25
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I researched this initially but then my cousin-in-law (if there is such a thing) works for Microsoft and gave me a copy obtained through his employee purchase program. Would you still go with your suggestion?

But then Matty's post got me thinking about getting a new HD (I have a 20GB 7200RPM Seagate) and installing the new XP onto that one and then booting up with that drive. Eventually I'll move all of my files to the new hard drive.
If you have room in the case, you can keep the 20GB for system for program files (including Windows) and use a bigger one as a slave for files. Then you won't have to reinstall and you can just drag and drop files over, plus you'll have an extra 20GB for free.

All you need it this cable:

Newegg.com - Link Depot IDE Round Cable - Retail

and possibly a $2 power cable splitter, but chances are that you have a spare power cable in the case already. You just have to set the jumper on the new drive to "slave".

If you don't have room, you could always remove your floppy if you don't use it. You could always pick up an external laptop floppy (USB or serial port) for next to nothing from eBay in case you ever need it. Windows installs on the CD-ROM drive now anyways and some computers don't even come with floppys anymore, but I always put on in when building. They're like $7 now.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:06 PM   #26
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Seagate is good, but I've always gone with Western Digital drives and never had a problem. They're VERY reliable and the best in my opinion. Price-wise, they're about the same as Seagate too.

I just put a 160GB WD drive in a computer I built for my dad last week, cost $52.99 from Newegg. (weekend sale)


Just be sure to get the right kind of connection, although there ARE adapters. Your 40GB drive is most likely an IDE connection and your mobo probably doesn't have the faster SATA drive connections, so make sure you buy an IDE drive (slightly cheaper than SATA drives anyways).

I have a WD 120GB drive in a PC I built myself nearly 3 years ago and have had ZERO problems with it.

Buy from Newegg, they're awesome...cheap, FAST shipping, GREAT customer service...

Don't buy from a store like Staples or Office Max, you'll pay double.

I'd get THIS one:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

WD drives are rife wth issues. They are the least reliable drive company I have seen personally.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:08 PM   #27
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I 2nd Western Digital HDDs. I have 2 drives in my machine now (8.4gb, 40gb), and have never had any problems with them. I built my current machine about 3 years ago, and it's still running like a charm (AP Athlon XP 2400+, 1 GB DDR (recently upgraded from 512), 40 GB Master, 8.4 GB Slave (HD from old machine), ATI Radeon 9600XT Video Card). All the pieces together probably ran me about $600 (includes recent upgrades of memory, video card and DVD burner).

but slapping in a HD is pretty easy. just stay grounded and you'll be good to go.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:10 PM   #28
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WD drives are rife wth issues. They are the least reliable drive company I have seen personally.

Any details? I've always used and loved them...NEVER an issue for me.
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Ok so once I get the new HD in what happens from there? I keep reading online about people complaining about having to partition the drive.
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:03 PM   #30
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WD drives are rife wth issues. They are the least reliable drive company I have seen personally.
Very true. We have three year old Dells that are crappy out with WD on a weekly basis.
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