Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:09 AM
<<I need an OEM disk and I read any OEM disk would work.>>
OEM means two different things...when referring to Windows XP:
a. MS released an OEM version of XP, later changed the name to System Builder. This version of XP was sold to persons like me who build their own systems and then install XP and is used by many. If you want more detail, visit the Microsoft site and/or use Google with the string "system builder".
b. The generic, literal meaning of OEM is Original Equipment Manufacturer. This term applies to entities like HP, Lenovo, eMachines, etc. who make systems and sell them at the retail level Many of these manufacturers no longer provide a copy of a Windows install disk, instead using recovery or restore-to-factory default mechanisms which may involve disks, may not.
In no way...is a equal to b when it comes to attempting to repair XP or reinstall it.