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Getting rid of Vista

A friend of mine (now ex) gave me a copy of vista to install. It installed, but it asked for the serial number. He threw the box away so he doesn't know what it was. I tried to remove it with no success. I want to bring back my XP. Anyone know how to remove it?

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Unfortunately, unless you have a copy of the XP cd you won't be able to remove the copy of VISTA that you have installed

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