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Reinstalling XP Home on laptop


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#1 Martel

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:51 PM

My HP ZE4560 US laptop fried the hard drive.

I purchased a new hard drive but have no XP disk

I have the product key on the bottom of the laptop.

How can I load XP Home again

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:04 PM

You need to get a disk, that is the only way. If you know someone who has a disk that is for the same version of XP as your license key is for, you can just borrow that disk and then use the license key on your computer to activate. By same version I mean, if the code is for Home version, then the disk must be too.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 08:41 PM

Stang777,

Thanks for the reply.

I will keep asking til I find one.

Someone suggested downloading it from torrents....any ideas on that

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:07 PM

Sure you can download from torrents, however, you will be coming back here begging for help to remove your viruses, spyware etc.

Why not call the manufacture of the machine and order a set of CDs. The CD cost $15.00 or so.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:17 PM

Downloading copyrighted material (music, software, movies etc) from torrents is considered illegal.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:23 PM

Downloading a torrent copy is a bad idea, either borrowing a disk or ordering them from HP is a much better idea. I don't know how I missed that your computer is an HP, I should have caught that and suggested going through them like Mr. Lunchbox did.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 09:11 AM

Downloading copyrighted material (music, software, movies etc) from torrents is considered illegal.

But I have my product key, would that be similar to borrowing a disk from someone?


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Why not call the manufacture of the machine and order a set of CDs. The CD cost $15.00 or so.

Now that is fantastic advice...!



Thanks everybody

YAY Mr LunchBox

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 09:57 AM

Part of the problem with torrents...which some don't seem to realize...is that sometimes downloaders get more than they anticipate receiveing.

The unanticipated guests come in the form of malware.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 07:06 PM

Someone told me that I could install the new drive then boot from my recovery disks and it will load the OS.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 07:12 PM

Someone?

Did you try it to see if what that "someone" told you is true?

Did any official representative of Dell...provide this tip?

Do any of the manuals governing your particular system...advise such?

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Edited by hamluis, 02 August 2009 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2009 - 11:35 PM

Someone?

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Someone = a friend of mine who visited tonight. He writes web pages for a living..

I mentioned the "getting the disks from HP and he said I might be able to load it from the recovery disks.

Did any official representative of Dell...provide this tip?

Do any of the manuals governing your particular system...advise such?


Louis

No a representative never told me such a thing...I have never spoken to a representative.

Manuals?

Who has a manual

EDIT: No I have not tried it yet.

Edited by Martel, 02 August 2009 - 11:36 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2009 - 11:58 PM

Martel:

Microsoft offers a solution, but only if you have access to a floppy drive.

MS allows users to download legitimate (read here "authentic") XP setup files for installation from a floppy drive. According to the following KB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994

"You can obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks from Microsoft, but only by download. We provide the Setup boot disks so that you can run the Setup program on computers that cannot use a bootable CD-ROM. If you can start your computer from a CD-ROM or from a network-based installation, we strongly recommend that you use those installation methods instead."

The versions available for download:
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • Windows XP Service Pack 1
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
Links to download are provided on the same KB. Create the boot disks for your version and use the installation key on your laptop.

Let me know if this works.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:11 AM

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...;product=374485

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 03:54 PM

There is a disk in my recovery disks for reinstalling XP.

Sorry for the delay

I had an International Japanese exchange visitor.

And I built a pergola.

I am beginning the install now.


Thanks for the help

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

Let me know how things turn out...




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