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#1 cmarti6

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:23 PM

I'm having some major problems on my computer. I think they all are stemming from a virus I had (I have another post in the "I think I'm infected" section titled "Help! Lots of problems with my Computer" if you'd like to look and see whats going on).

After trying a bunch of different things, I can't seem to fix the problems and I'd like to completly start from scratch and reinstall Windows on my computer. I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition but I don't have the installation CD. Can I use my father's Windows XP Professional CD with my XP Media Center product key?

Thanks a lot!

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:28 PM

You can't use a Windows XP Media Center CD-Key with a Windows Pro CD. If your father has used that XP Pro CD to install windows then your gonna run into more problems trying to install from that CD. Your best bet would be to just buy an XP CD (better hurry, they're gonna go out of production in June) or a Vista install CD (if your computer can handle it)

Best of luck!
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:02 PM

Or try contacting MS or your system manufacturer. Sometimes they'll mail you a disc for only the cost of shipping.

(Or switch to Linux!! :thumbsup:)

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 05 April 2008 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:25 PM

You can usually contact the computer mfg. and give them some information, service tag number and such, and they will send a replacement installation (recovery) CD. I got one from Dell at no charge
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 07:15 AM

Just to add to this, HP will sell you a set for $15 - $20 and you'll get them in 4 or 5 days.
I've heard from a couple of customers that Sony will send them for free (but one said that they charged him).
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:59 PM

Did you try getting a restore disk or why don't you buy another XP CD. I have a product key. I'm going to look for it :thumbsup: Try following the advise above.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 02:02 PM

Thanks a lot guys! I contacted Dell and they are sending me the CD at no charge.

Have a great day! :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 07:35 PM

Thanks a lot guys! I contacted Dell and they are sending me the CD at no charge.

Have a great day! :thumbsup:



I have discovered I don't have my CD after I started to do some work. To cut through all of the red tape do you happen to have the number or can you tell me exactly who you contacted at Dell to get another CD?
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:09 PM

Request Back-Up Disks for Dell

This is a form you fill out and send electronically.

Or you could look to see if you have a PC Restore. It may be in your Start Menu listed under Dell.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:41 AM

Thanks Queen-Evie! :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:34 PM

Request Back-Up Disks for Dell

This is a form you fill out and send electronically.

Or you could look to see if you have a PC Restore. It may be in your Start Menu listed under Dell.



Just to let you know by following the link you gave and filling out the form I had the Disks in 1 day. Filled them out yesterday and Fed Ex delivered them today. That's some fast service.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 03:24 AM

Just to let you know by following the link you gave and filling out the form I had the Disks in 1 day. Filled them out yesterday and Fed Ex delivered them today. That's some fast service.


Wow! 1 Day! That's prettry darned impressive! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:02 AM

Installing your fathers XP disc will not affect your system at all. I have done this for several years now with not one problem. After you install it, when you try to activate it, you will get a 1-888 number to call with a long code in 7 or 8 blocks. The automated operator will have you read them and then read a code back to you to activate your computer.

By the way, Microsoft number is 1-800-Microsoft, in case you need it!




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