Im preparing for a major upgrade (recently posted and now closed on this site).
Ive been strongly advised to do a fresh install of Windows XP (Im waiting for Windows 7, will skip Vista), rather than a repair installation - even though you could also boot into Safe Mode, disable all drivers and then reboot with any driver disks at hand. But because its such a major change (I m going to i7, X58 chipset) Im happy to take the long route - a clean-up was probably long overdue anyway!
I understand (hope?) that Ill be able to re-use the Product Key from my existing (legal) Windows XP OEM CD on the new motherboard. However I imagine Ill have to deactivate the old XP installation first, otherwise the activation process will throw me out?
How do I do this please? Can someone outline the steps I should follow in a logical sequence?