Re: re-installing xp home

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-10-2005, 02:20 AM
Hi Bill,

First, you can reinstall/reactivate on the same system as often as you
please. Sometimes you will need to phone it in, but in any case you can
still activate it.

Second, your code will likely only work with the right recovery media as
supplied by the manufacturer. It will likely not work with a retail or
generic OEM version.

Third, your system was likely preinstalled from an image using a different
key. Unless you've used it yourself, your sticker code has likely never been
used for activation.

Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
Windows help -

"Billjones85" <> wrote in message
>I have a PC that is badly messed up with viruses etc so want to re-install
> home and start with a fresh formatted hd. I don't have the orig setup CD
> but
> the registration code is attached to the side of the PC. My only concern
> is
> what will happen if I try to activate XP using the code that's already
> been
> previously activated (on this PC). Will Microsoft be clever enough to know
> I'm not using it across 2 PC's?

Re: re-installing xp home