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#1 Sharonsthere

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 11:37 AM

Hi everyone,
I inherited the computer I have now, running XP sp2 and with only minor problems which I can usually solve by doing a search here.
When I got this computer, I was handed a box of junk: disks, cords, etc. Much of it I have examined and thrown away. But I found no disk for Windows, say for a clean install. Or whatever I might need it for.
I've even gone to the person's home and searched . What if I need it? am I bleepe out of luck?
Thanks in advance
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 11:50 AM

If it's an OEM version of XP Home (either Microsoft OEM or some boxmaker's (Dell, Gateway, etc.) version...you can use any burned XP Home CD to repair/reinstall, etc.

It's the license code for the system that you need to be concerned about...without that, you cannot install anything other than a new (paid for) XP.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:06 PM

You can get the key for the XP install that is already on the computer.
Run Belarc Advisor-it will list the XP key.
Write it down, keep it in a safe place.
If you have to reinstall XP, and have access to an XP disk, you can use the key, provided that the key has not been used on another system. You will have to use the same version that is on the computer-Home or Pro. Best bet-find a disk and burn a copy of it.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 May 2008 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 23 May 2008 - 04:51 PM

Hi Sharon.

This may help if you ever need it -
http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPo...4&SiteID=25

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:29 PM

Whoopsie for the blue language. :thumbsup:

As usual, you've answered my question in right good fashion...Thanks all.
Sharon
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:38 PM

Hi Sharon
Mine never had a disk, try tapping F10 or F12 from start up, somethng called PC Angel. worth a try perhaps!

Edited by The weatherman, 23 May 2008 - 11:23 PM.





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