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I need to repair my operating system(XP), but i dont have the windows cd.

Is it possible to repair with the 4 or 5 compaq cd's that were included with the computer?

I am refering to setting up the BIOS boot to cd, and then using disk number 1, and then 2, 3 etc.

I have a partition that is used in the place of my windows XP cd, but I am pretty sure everything there is corrupted.

Is there another way to repair/install/replace required system files without losing my files and settings?

Thank you
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If your hidden partition has been corrupted, then your only option is to see if H-P will send you a recovery CD for your compaq system. There is not real operating system on the CD's you get with the computer. They are usually application cd's that have all the programs that were installed on your system but are not part of the OS. I bought a recovery cd from compaq a few years ago because the people wanted the puter back to what it was when they bought it. The cd cost $90 back then. For that kind of money you can buy a oem XP cd and reinstall windows that way. The bad part of this method is you have to find the drivers and programs that came with the compaq puter.

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