i lost my windows xp home cd
Posted 09 August 2007 - 01:39 AM
Posted 09 August 2007 - 05:45 AM
You can also call Microsoft at (800) 360-7561 to order replacement media. This would be a better solution for the long-term.
See Microsoft article 326246 for additional support options.
Posted 09 August 2007 - 08:51 PM
Posted 11 August 2007 - 11:46 AM
But, if you also want to re-install XP, then you need the original CD, not a random CD.
OK, technically you can install with any XP CD, but XP will immediately demand that you activate, and the MIcrososft computers (or service people, if you get one) will not permit you to activate the same license that someone else has already used. Thus, in no more than 30 days, the PC will stop working.
But, since it is an OEM PC, you should contact the OEM, which in your case sounbds like Dell.
By the way, the "CD" you received from Dell may not be an XP CD at all ! Instead, it might be a bootable CD that runs a restoration program (e.g., like Norton GHOST) and the real data is on a hidden partition on the hard drive. In this case, the hidden image would not only include XP, but all hardware-specific drivers, and maybe even all other programs purchased from Dell with the PC.
Bottom-line: Call Dell for their advice. If the CD is only a restoration program, it will be very small, and maybe Dell could point you to their website to get an ISO copy.
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