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Installing Genuine Windows XP over Non-Genuine Install

Several years ago I purchased a used, but near-new laptop with Windows XP from what I believed to be a legitmate seller.  Now, after a recent Windows Update, Windows Genuine Advantage has determined that the XP on my system "may not be genuine".  Although I am frustrated to discover this, and believe my copy to be "legit", I'm tired of the constant pop-up notifcations "warning" me of the situation.  I've purchased a new OEM version of XP and wish to install it on my system.  From other questions posted it seems a "fresh" install may be better than an "upgrade".  I'm not sure if my system would recognize the installation as an upgrade if XP thinks my existing install isn't genuine.  In any case I have years of programs and other data on this computer and I'm afraid to, 1) lose the programs & data, or 2) if I backup using Acronis Tru-Image, that I'll be faced with hours of reinstalling progarms and data files.  Any advice to make this easier?  Thanks
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rcrete
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Return the OEM copy - you cannot legally use it on that machine.

Further OEM copies cannot be used for upgrades.  They simply will not upgrade a system.  

OEM copies, based on Microsoft's licensing terms, can only be sold for use on a new computer and cannot be used on a computer with an existing os.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
Simply follow the pop up message and proceed with resolving the issue with MS. There is an option to buy from MS and the price is very good too.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
And as suggested by leew return the OEM copy.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
With resolving the issue with MS you will not lose any data or reinstall your OS.
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MereteCommented:
Hi all why return it?
As you stated you have bought a new OEM this now has a cdkey.
OEM means original equipment Manufacture, which simply put can only be installed on that computer as a new system install. You have to delete the partition every time, if you donot it creates some kind of a new administrative account which can prevent your system from booting.
OEM versions of Windows XP: basically they are exactly the same, OEM is cheaper.
The OEM version can only legally be sold with hardware,
 although these days, any piece of hardware, even a power cord, qualifies.
 Although if you get a complete generic OEM version, it contains the same software, it has the following disadvantages as compared
with the retail version:

1. Its license ties it permanently to the first computer it's installed on. It can never legally be moved to another computer,
sold, or given away.
2. It can only do a clean installation, not an upgrade.
3. Has no MS support.

Yes you simply delete the partition and fresh install the OEM and your good as gold to go.

If you save off any files by either slaving hdd to another computer using the  cd rom drive ide cable and power connector, these fit the hdd, Unpower, you would have to move the pin on the rear to slave and simply plug these into your hdd. Sit it on top of the tower.
Power in again and boot.

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Merete - I used to think that - but Microsoft recently changed the terms on the OEM licenses - they can only be used on COMPLETE NEW computers.  No longer goes buying a mouse qualify.
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MereteCommented:
@ leew could you provide some more info on your opinion please like recently?
sorry to disagree 2 weeks ago ( recently) I bought  new xp pro from ebay, and sadly many protests, paid 200 dollars for it too and they would not allow me to return it unopened even though I specificlly requested a full retail it was an OEM complete generic version I knew I had changed a few to many components on my machine..
 that was why  I decided to obtain a new xppro, knowing once I format re-install  the specs woudl probably not match the old xp pro.
 but as I was performing my yearly format/install it didnt really matter and I dont need MS assistance, so went ahead.
As I sit here and write to you on my machine, it works fine all activated regestered validated no problems.
So long as it is installed once only on one machine true format and clean I dont see any problems.
Regards Merete

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MereteCommented:
This is the one I ended up with, by the time it was converted to australian dollars plus shipping.
Paid around 214 dollars australian.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7243503735&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX_Stores
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Then the problem is you are in violation of verbal morality statute ... oops sorry, thinking of demolition man and getting silly at what is for me 2:17 in the morning.

See, I made this statement - the one you made regarding OEM license a few days ago and someone posted a like to an MSDN blog.  I then looked deeper and went to newegg.com and looked over the OEM copies they had for sale - they linked back to the Microsoft site with licensing information and it specifically stated a computer system, which included case, hard drive, motherboard, CPU and RAM (I believe).  I've been trying to find the question I participated in, but I'm in so many it's a little tough.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Well, that was easy - just did a google search for "OEM License MSDN Blog" and got the link I was shown:

http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/archive/2005/09/07/461950.aspx
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