Anyway it died, and the HDD had to be re-formatted. I tried everything restore it before re-formatting. So after it died since I did not have the restore discs that came it with (hand me down computer from in-laws) I used the XP Home disc that I had with our other computer to boot from.
I booted up, and did the "full-format" of the drive to wipe everything, including the restore points that were useless in the HP restore partitition. I got it all formatted, and then went to install XP from the disc that I used to boot from.
It started to install and then asked me for the cd-key. I typed in the product key that was on the side of the computer, but it says the key is incorrect. I assume if I type in the key from the disc I have it will tell me that key has already been registered before. Do I have any choices, or am I now stuck with a 20lb paperweight unless I buy a new OS?
Thanks for any help
Edited by sasquatch98226, 07 March 2009 - 02:24 PM.