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Installing retail version over oem okay?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by george, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. george

    george Flightless Bird

    Can I install retail version of xp over top of an existing oem version
    of XP without losing my data, documents and programs okay? If so will I
    encounter any problems at all? I assume that I don't select the initial
    'r' for repair option but chose to install and then select the repair
    option when it's found the existing install?

    I'm doing the over-install because I cannot resolve the boot-up loop
    its got into (I get the safe mode and last good..options but
    selecting any of them just leads to a reboot to the same screen) by
    using various commands under the recovery console. TIA
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "george" <gore@yard.com> said this in news item
    news:20100119-095640.579.0@george.news.plus.net...
    > Can I install retail version of xp over top of an existing oem version
    > of XP without losing my data, documents and programs okay? If so will I
    > encounter any problems at all? I assume that I don't select the initial
    > 'r' for repair option but chose to install and then select the repair
    > option when it's found the existing install?
    >
    > I'm doing the over-install because I cannot resolve the boot-up loop
    > its got into (I get the safe mode and last good..options but
    > selecting any of them just leads to a reboot to the same screen) by
    > using various commands under the recovery console. TIA


    Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. There are a couple of concerns here:

    - You're assuming that the over-the-top installation will automatically keep
    all the good stuff (e.g. your various settings) while fixing the bad stuff
    (e.g. the loop problem). Perhaps it will but it's just as likely that it
    won't.

    - Installing any version of Windows without first backing up all important
    files is risky. One wrong step and you lose the lot.

    My preference would be to go for a new installation onto a freshly formatted
    disk.
     
  3. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Jan 19, 9:56 am, george <g...@yard.com> wrote:
    > Can I install retail version of xp over top of an existing oem version
    > of XP without losing my data, documents and programs okay? If so will I
    > encounter any problems at all? I assume that I don't select the initial
    > 'r' for repair option but chose to install and then select the repair
    > option when it's found the existing install?
    >
    > I'm doing the over-install because I cannot resolve the boot-up loop
    > its got into (I get the safe mode and last good..options but
    > selecting any of them just leads to a reboot to the same screen) by
    > using various commands under the recovery console. TIA


    Yes, you "can" install a Retail version on top of OEM version, thus
    converting the XP to "Retail."

    HOWEVER, there is always a chance that the repair install will fail.
    Also, you MUST uninstall IE 8 / 7 and Widows Media Player 11 before
    doing this. And you must use a Retail CD with SP3 integrated onto the
    CD.

    BUT, this "probably" will NOT fix the boot loop problem
     

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