I'm running Windows XP Home SP3 on an IBM ThinkCentre computer that's about 5 years old. The computer was bought directly from IBM on their employee purchase plan by my wife. I have all the original CDs (and 1 floppy) that came with the PC, plus a small handful of papers.
The problem is that I don't have the original CD for Windows XP. I do have the COA sticker on the PC, and I've had the Genuine Windows Advantage (or some such name) scan by Microsoft -- but I understand that the COA, plus $2.50, will just about get me a cup of coffee. I have the original CDs for Office XP and other applications, but not Windows. Since the OS was preloaded I really don't know for a fact that I ever did have an original CD.
So, do I still have the option of a fresh install?
Does anyone know if there's a way I can successfully plead my case to Microsoft?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Capn Easy, 07 December 2008 - 11:35 PM.