Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:22 AM
Well, you probably won't have to purchase Windows again. You could contact the manufacturer of your computer and see if they can sell you a new disk. This would be cheaper than buying Windows from a retailer, to be sure. Most manufacturers will sell you a disk for a reasonable fee, such as $35 USD.
Your computer should have a sticker on it with a product key from Microsoft. This is the important and valueable thing to own. Any identical disk will install Windows, but you will not be able to 'activate' it and actually use it without that set of numbers. So, if you already own that set of numbers, you can just get a replacement disk by contacting the computer manufacturer, or ebay, or borrow from a friend. But again, it must be an EXACT match to the version of Windows that the sticker goes to.
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