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    maximus7001, all XP upgrade editions are full versions. the only difference is it asks for a previous windows CD when installing

    you can easily do a clean instal with any XP 'upgrade' CD
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    Sweeeeeet :thumb: . I wonder if people could just use any copy of XP (from a friend etc) to use as a "previously installed" version of XP, and then use an upgrade CD to get a brand new version at half the price? It seems like an awful loophole for microsoft to overlook. I dont have an awful lot on this comp, so I should be able to go through my files quickly. Other than that, it seems simple. Thx alot, : peace2: Mista K6. Oh yah, I e-mailed Dell about the what they do to XP, should be getting it back anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista K6
    Sweeeeeet :thumb: . I wonder if people could just use any copy of XP (from a friend etc) to use as a "previously installed" version of XP, and then use an upgrade CD to get a brand new version at half the price? It seems like an awful loophole for microsoft to overlook.
    when I said 'previous windows CD' I ment a win98, ME, or 2k CD...a previous version of Windows that can be upgraded to WinXP
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    ahhh, ok. So what then, I'll have to use the old Windows 98 CD I have on my old old comp?
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    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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    sure, boot off the winXP CD and at some point it'll ask you for it...just stick in the win98 CD and enter the CD-Key

    actaully, I'm not even sure that you'll need to insert the CD, all you may need is the CD-Key

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    What I meant is, it does not ask for an old cd or old key. It just installs as the full version on an empty drive. The price difference was $200 at the time.
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    the only difference is it asks for a previous windows CD when installing
    I know that is what they claim... but I swear, my version makes no mention of asking for ANY previous version.
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    I installed XP Home Update on a freind's PC a few days ago and the first thing it asked me for (after booting and loading initial files) was an old Windows CD

    maybe you just got a so-called 'Full' CD in and 'Update' box :shrug:
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    no worries anyways, Dell said they dont tamper with XP in any way, so its all good. But that's some good info to know for when I build future comps, providing microsoft doesnt find the loophole and change it before then. :rolleyes2 . : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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    Ok, well it even says 'Upgrade' on the CD. Either way, maybe it is just student versions that are Full versions claiming ot be Upgrades. Thats what mine is.
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