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    windows xp question
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    windows xp question
    ok so i wanna run bootcamp on my macbook (just got the macbook today woooo) and i have a xp home edition cd that came with my hp laptop. can i use that to install windows? or do i need a original full install cd that costs like 3oo bucks which i think is lame by the way. but yea would my reinstall cd work like a xp cd w sp2?
    when it breaks just upgrade it.

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    no you cant use the hp disk and xp home isnt even close to 300 its more like 100 or close to that.

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    windows xp question
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    matt's right. xp editions for specific laptops or desktops are typically 'keyed' in some way to the hardware. even between similar desktops of different brands you can't normally wap/use windows os disks.

    and yep, windows os is very expensive, uh, retail anyway.
    maybe you can find a set used on ebay?

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    windows xp question
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    The retail full install of Home is $199 but I have seen it a lot cheeper. Also like was suggested, give Ebay a shot. Just be sure you are not getting some OEM but the real Retail XP Home SP2 full install.

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    windows xp question

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    The retail full install of Home is $199 but I have seen it a lot cheeper. Also like was suggested, give Ebay a shot. Just be sure you are not getting some OEM but the real Retail XP Home SP2 full install.
    Is there a reason why you shouldn't use an OEM for installing windows xp for your mac? I saw an OEM full install with SP2 and was considering using that for my mac.

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    windows xp question
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    as said above, most oem windows software is "keyed" to a particular model of machine. if you got something off of ebay (or wherever) that was made to run specifically on a compaq presario or sony vaio, it would most likely not work at all on anything else (not just a mac).

    if you already have some oem disks, you could give them a shot, just don't buy anything!

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