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#1 Sneakycyber

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 05:33 PM

I have a copy of windows xp professional. But most of the computers I work on are XP home computers and 9 out of 10 DON'T have their recovery disk. Can I contact Microsoft and get a copy of XP home using a licensing key for one of my customers. I have registered computers just no software.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 06:57 PM

Almost every major brand of computer (Dell, HP, Compaq, Emachines,..) will provide OEM XP disks for the cost of shipping. Please list the brands and model numbers of the computers in question.
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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:01 PM

The one I currently have is gateway model 510 I have the SN and registration number for windows home edition for the PC

Edit:lol I just noticed I misspelled different

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:07 PM

Actually, Gateways and eMachines are pretty easy if you have any disk with an i386 folder on it (and if the recovery partition is intact). Make sure that you use the same version (Home, Media Center, Pro) to prevent future conflicts due to the Product Key.

When you boot to the Recovery partition, it'll ask for the OS disk. Just insert the appropriate XP disk (Home, MCE, Pro) with the i386 directory and let it rip!

FYI - We used this at work to upgrade a new Gateway with MCE to XPPro (you can't upgrade from MCE to XPPro according to Microsoft).

What we did was run the recovery and use an XPHome CD - that converted the system from MCE to XPHome. XPHome is a certified upgrade path for XPPro - so then we just ran the upgrade and all was well (the customer had purchased an upgrade copy of XPPro and had the Product Key for it).
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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:22 PM

This link may come in handy later, User's Guide
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Posted 15 May 2007 - 03:29 PM

Will keep that in mind usama. That will take care of most machines. There have been some that were not bootable. Would like to find a hard copy of XP home if I could somewhere. I have almost every version.. 3.1, 95, 98, Me, 2000. and XP pro.


Edit: The other problem with that is customers want to keep their current OS. I guess I can tell them they have to get CD's

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 07:03 AM

Typically I tell them that, in order to restore their OS, we'll need the recovery CD's. Then I give them the link or the phone number on who to contact for this. I also stress that this is much less expensive than buying a new copy of XP, that it'll contain the drivers and programs that the XP CD won't have, and that it'll have some of the Windows Updates (depending on when the CD was made).
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