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#1 gnana1311

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 09:57 AM

my friend has a hp laptop,its user manual asks the owner to make recovery discs so that the computer can be booted after getting crashed.my question is will i be able to use the same recovery discs in another computer for booting it?will it ask for any key

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 04:20 AM

You will probably be asked for a key, but I'm not 100% sure on that point. However, the recovery disks will only be able to be used on that particular make of HP Laptop, as the hardware drivers will be for that machine only.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 09:19 AM

With an HP there are several things to worry about:
1) The "code purple" tattooing that locks the CD to the mobo (there are ways around this)
2) The drivers that the restore CD will install may not match the ones needed on the other PC
3) This is technically a violation of the EULA (IMO), but not a major one - so the EULA police won't come knocking down your door! :thumbsup:
4) The type of OS must be the same (XPHome/XPMedia/XPPro - no SP, SP1, SP1a, SP2 - OEM vs retail - etc)
5) It most likely will ask for the key - and will most likely require re-activation also. This is a PITA, but is easy to do over the phone when prompted.

FWIW - I restored a Gateway laptop with an HP XPHome SP2 disk yesterday (And they said it couldn't be done! Bwah...hah...hahhhhhh!!!) Used the Gateway CD key and was even able to activate over the Internet (rather than the phone call method) - painless!

Finally, it's generally easiest to purchase a set of restore CD's from HP. They usually cost less than $20 US and will make the process painless (and they usually arrive within 4 days of the purchase) - installing all the requisite drivers and programs that you purchased with the PC. I don't bother making restore CD's anymore - I just purchase the factory disks and am done with it.
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