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Reinstall XP Without Installation CD?


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#1 FinalSmash

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 04:17 PM

Hello,
 

            I recently attempted to re-install Windows XP on my Dell Dimension 3000 using the i386 folder. I encountered an error, I no longer have the OS on the PC. I do not have a Windows XP installation disc, so I can't use that. I've been trying to install it using a USB drive, but that hasn't worked so far.
 
So I have a genuine XP product key, but no way to re-install it. Can someone please help me?
 



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Posted 03 September 2015 - 04:35 PM

While I don't recommend reinstalling Windows XP as it is no longer supported and won't receive anymore security updates you can find an ISO on this site http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forum.php.  



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Posted 03 September 2015 - 05:46 PM

If I download an ISO, will I be able to write it to a USB and install Windows from there?



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Posted 03 September 2015 - 06:46 PM

http://www.isotousb.com/



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 12:11 AM

If I download an ISO, will I be able to write it to a USB and install Windows from there?

 

Yes. If you have a valid Product key for windows you can download ISO file from Microsoft website or so on and burn that iso image on USB drive and then you able to install windows through USB. you can follow the steps provided by roccoadam32 in reply #4.

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#6 FinalSmash

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

Okay, I will try that now.



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 09:34 AM

 

If I download an ISO, will I be able to write it to a USB and install Windows from there?

 

Yes. If you have a valid Product key for windows you can download ISO file from Microsoft website or so on and burn that iso image on USB drive and then you able to install windows through USB. you can follow the steps provided by roccoadam32 in reply #4.

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That is the standalone installer for SP3. It is not the OS iso. As far as I know there is no longer a legal site to download XP.



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:07 AM

Agree with John.

 

AFAIK...there has never been a legal site to download Windows XP, other than possibly a site pertaining to Student editions/versions of XP.

 

Restore To Factory Defaults or recovery disks from Dell...appear to be your only options without an XP install CD.

 

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:17 AM

I already called Dell, and they no longer carry recovery disks for XP, so that's out of the question.


What good would restoring the computer to factory settings accomplish?



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:18 AM

I'm not sure if this would help me, but

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/310994



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:30 AM

All that link does is provide a floppy startup for an XP install. A factory reset would install XP as when purchased. This would be your only option if the recovery partition is intact.  When the computer starts to boot, Hold the Ctrl key and tap F11. If the restore partition is intact, it will start a recovery manager.



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:30 AM

That is to run the CD installation on a computer that cannot boot from a CD.

 

Restoring to factory settings will return the computer to the same state as it was when it came from the factory. It's necessary for the hard drive to still contain the recovery partition for this to work.

 

If you can find any way to borrow an OEM Windows XP CD, it is perfectly acceptable to use it with the product key belonging to your computer to re-install. Preferably it should be XP SP3, otherwise there is a long manual downloading and installing of service packs involved.

 

Edit: cross posted!


Edited by Platypus, 04 September 2015 - 10:41 AM.

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#13 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 10:33 AM

@Platypus is correct. Even better would be a Dell OEM XP install disk as that would have the SLP key. Because XP is no longer supported with security updates you may be better off installing a linux distro like Ubuntu or Mint. 



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:05 AM

Yeah, the recovery partion is not intact.

 

 

Still, there should be a way to find a ripped installation disk...



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:53 AM

I also have a laptop running XP Home if that would help at all.






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