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Windows XP OEM OS

I had an E Machine burn out the MOBO and have built a new and better system with no OS. Ihave installed the old Hard Drive with Windows XP OEM (E Machine) in the new system and am having problems loading Windows XP. Do I have to purchase another full install of Windows XP?

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Re: Windows XP OEM OS

Yes, you have to purchase a new copy of Windows XP... Or alternatively you can try a freeware operating system such as UBUNTU. It does basically the same stuff your Windows did, just with a little more flair!

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