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post #1 of 17
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Hi everyone.

The specs you see below are the specs to my new rig once I'm done building it. I had a quick question dealing with windows though.

This is my first build and I was wondering two things. One thing was that I was wondering if I could use my old harddrive that has windows on it already to put it into the new pc and would windows just boot then? The other question is can I use my buddies version of windows in order to run it on my pc? There's the CD-Key and whatever, so I was wondering if it'll be possible for me to use his if I can't boot up my old version of it from my old harddrive.

Any info will help because otherwise I gotta know if I have to order Windows.
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post #2 of 17
When building a new rig, it's always best to do a fresh install of windows.
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post #3 of 17
You aren't supposed to use someone else's version of Windows, technically it's illegal.

And I think you COULD use your old HD, but you would have to reinstall all your drivers.

But this is not recommended, and it is highly recommended that you just do a fresh install.
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post #4 of 17
he could use his buddies CD provided he has his own product key

if you dont want the hassle of reinstalling, try booting to the windows CD and repairing the current install.....I have done this with other machines, works fine
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post #5 of 17
You might get a BSOD when booting (esp. when you change platform from Intel to AMD), since Windows could have incorrect drivers for your IDE ports...

I like TedSexington's idea
    
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post #6 of 17
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wait so is it usually worth it to just have your own new version of windows? because if this is the case I should just go buy it then . . . .

I think the cheapest one I saw was around $80
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Originally Posted by SephirothGod
wait so is it usually worth it to just have your own new version of windows? because if this is the case I should just go buy it then . . . .

I think the cheapest one I saw was around $80
Your current installed legal version of Windows has a key of course. You can retrieve this key using Belarc Advisor (or some other utility). You can then try to install Windows XP using your friend's CD and your (legally owned) key. This will ONLY work however if the Windows versions are identical (Home, Pro) and if your key is not from an OEM version that came with a Dell/HP/Sony, etc.
    
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post #8 of 17
I jsut DL windows from my university...problem solved....
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post #9 of 17
Have you heard of this? Pretty cool program if you're installing a fresh copy of Windows.....


http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html
post #10 of 17
Would i beable to make a burned version of XP Pro that wont boot, bootable with that?? (my friend burned his dads copy cause i lost my CD).
    
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