Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:46 AM
I've had two different representatives of Microsoft give me two different answers when I asked about using another person's copy of a Windows operating system installation disc to reinstall or repair a computer. One of them was very staunch on their stand that you need to purchase a replacement disc, the other told me that as long as you have a proper product code and are only reinstalling it or repairing it on the original computer it doesn't matter. For that reason I don't have any qualms about suggesting that you see if you can borrow a disc from a friend, you may even be able to get your local computer repair shop to burn you a copy. It will have to be the same version as the one installed on your computer... XP Home, XP Professional...
It would be helpful if you could post the make and model of the computer in question.
We may be able to be of more help if you tell us what you have going on with this computer.
Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life. You never know when one will leave you.