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Used Xp Computer--must Have Its Own Recovery Disk?


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#1 taly

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:44 AM

The owner lost the recovery disk(RD) which came with the computer from HP. Will the RD which came with my Compaq laptop do the trick for cleaning out the system?

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:48 AM

What is the model of the HP?

Are you sure that there was a recovery disk originally? Some HPs have a recovery partition.

What is wrong that they need to do a repair?

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:01 PM

What is the model of the HP?

Are you sure that there was a recovery disk originally? Some HPs have a recovery partition.

What is wrong that they need to do a repair?

He's moving. They don't need a second computer. Supposedly nothing wrong with it.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:09 PM

There is a good possibility it contains this PC Angel :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:12 PM

Sorry Taly, you're not being real clear on your intentions. So...this computer was given to you and you now wish to clean out the hdd? If you are thinking of formating the hdd and reinstalling the OS, and want help from us here, you will need to answer the question, what are the models?

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:51 PM

Sorry Taly, you're not being real clear on your intentions. So...this computer was given to you and you now wish to clean out the hdd? If you are thinking of formating the hdd and reinstalling the OS, and want help from us here, you will need to answer the question, what are the models?

It's an HP/Compaq D220MT. I haven't yet bought it. I'm just trying to determine the best way to make sure it works for me.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:30 PM

Those were usually sold to corporations. Great little workhorse. I doubt it would have PC Angel on it.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:59 PM

He just sold it to someone else.

Thanks.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:24 PM

FWIW: I suggest that you take a look at websites like www.pricewatch for systems with an O/S and accompanying COA. IMO, they will offer greater value than buying a used system from any individual or business, if only because of warranty, COA, and O/S disk, as well as better/newer/unused components.

It won't do any harm to see what opportunities are out there which might better serve your needs and provide greater value.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 24 September 2008 - 03:25 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:20 PM

Those were usually sold to corporations. Great little workhorse. I doubt it would have PC Angel on it.

I can only offer my help through my own experience, and from the post's I see at the time. forgive me ! not :thumbsup:

Edited by The weatherman, 24 September 2008 - 04:29 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:33 PM

Those were usually sold to corporations. Great little workhorse. I doubt it would have PC Angel on it.

I can only offer my help through my own experience, and from the post's I see at the time. forgive me ! not :flowers:



I was just saying.. It could have it on it... I just dont think so...

Your advice was fine.. :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:47 PM

Those were usually sold to corporations. Great little workhorse. I doubt it would have PC Angel on it.

I can only offer my help through my own experience, and from the post's I see at the time. forgive me ! not :flowers:



I was just saying.. It could have it on it... I just dont think so...

Your advice was fine.. :thumbsup:

We will never Know, sorry taly.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:26 PM

FWIW: I suggest that you take a look at websites like www.pricewatch for systems with an O/S and accompanying COA. IMO, they will offer greater value than buying a used system from any individual or business, if only because of warranty, COA, and O/S disk, as well as better/newer/unused components.

It won't do any harm to see what opportunities are out there which might better serve your needs and provide greater value.

Louis

Louis,
Good suggestion. Can I ask for more advice?
Are there any methods to determine which options I should choose? Though not a novice, I'm still unfamiliar with a great deal (e.g. I know that O/S means operating system but not what COA is).
Thanks,
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:39 PM

C.O.A., Certification of Authenticity.

A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is a label that helps you identify genuine Microsoft software.

http://www.rm.com/Support/TechnicalArticle.asp?cref=TEC11561

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:42 PM

COA- certificate of authenticity
It's a small hologram sticker proving that the OS is a legitimate, not a pirated copy
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