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NEW 320 GIG HD CAN I USE SUPPORT CD TO INSTALL XP HOME ON IT?

As far as I know the support CD is the only disc that originally came with the PC. Just really need to know if I can use that CD to install XP Home on the new drive and then reuse the original HD for some other purpose like data storage. I know the support CD has all the device drivers, but is it also used as the XP Home recovery disc as well. Thanks, BNG in Texas.

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  • lppena Jun 26, 2008

    Oh, my second issue would be how easy it would be to make a disc image of my original HD on to the new HD and attach it as my primary HD and then put away the original HD as a backup drive if the support CD can not be used to do a clean install of XP Home on the new 320 gig HD.

  • lppena Jun 26, 2008

    Thanks for your reply, but 2 of my previous PC's did include recovery versions for both Windows 98 and Windows ME both were Hewlett Packard models.. Therefore, your first statement is basically incorrect about never including a Microsoft disc with the computer. This PC should be no different, so you basically haven't answered my original question. Can the support CD be used to do a clean XP Home reinstall on my new HD? On the second question it mostly depends on the first question being doable as if I do screw things up I need a way to minimally recovery the original operating system. I do appreciate your response, but I need a more knowledable repondse.

  • lppena Jun 26, 2008

    I've explored the support CD and found references to Microsoft files on it, but I'm uncertain about whether or not theses files are the XP Home recovery files I need to reinstall the OS in the event that I need to reinstall my computers original OS again. Does anyone out there actually own another Wintergreen PM800 and have a clue as to whether or not the XP Home recovery files are actually on the support CD?

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1. Computers often come with microsoft discs; all the ones I build do as well as dells, sonys, averatecs, and a host of others.

2. Use a program like acronis to make an image of the hard drive to your new drive. Then you can boot off of the new drive no problem.

3. I do not know if your support CD has the operating system on it or not. The easiest thing for you to do is point #2, image the drive over to the new one and then you can boot off of it.

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Hi there

1) A computer never comes with a Microsoft Disk so you will not be able to recover you Windows XP Home, unfortunately the best thing to do is just buy the Genuine disk from Microsoft, and the reason why i say unfortunately is because these disks turn out very expensive.

2) What you need to do is set up your new hdd as a slave and then copy everything from your main hdd to your new hdd then shut down your pc and take both the master and the slave hdd's out and then change your new hdd to be the master hdd and you should be set! All you need to do then is connect it back to your pc and start it up. Please also remember to give this solution a good rating.

Kind regards - Hope this helps you!
Dustin Ellse

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