just got my first Windows XP PC....

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  1. Julian Reville

    Julian Reville Screenwriter

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    and I kinda like it [​IMG] All my other PCs are running Windows 98 or 95.

    This is a HP Pavilion 513n that I got for $399 and XP Home came pre-installed, which means: the backup disc is on a separate partition on the same hard-drive! I didn't know this when I ordered it from www.dartek.com
    No discs were sent at all.

    Assuming the HD stays functional I should be in good shape, but if croaks, what then? I'm a little confused by the "activation/registration" aspect of XP and what happens if you have to replace the hard drive or the motherboard.

    My PC at home is running Windows 98; is the XP Home upgrade for $99 the way to go or should I get the full edition?

    Any help appreciated,
    Julian
     
  2. Reece

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    Julian,

    I can't help you with your HP question (I build my own PCs - so I never had that problem) but as for as your xp question....

    Just buy the upgrade version of xp. Since you own Win98, when you do a clean install the xp installer will ask you to place your original Win98 disc in so that it can verify that you do own a previous version of Windows and then it will install as usual.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. Michael Reuben

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  4. Julian Reville

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    As long as you have that Certificate you are fine. You can actually call HP and they will send you a new Windows XP Home restoration disc so that you have one. Of course they will charge a nominal fee to do so.

    KyleS
     
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    IBM pulls the same crap as HP, on their laptops, don't know about their desktop, but wouldn't be surprised.
     

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