I've never had a great outcome with system recovery. The last time I used it, it left a lot of programs on the computer that weren't in control panel and I had to load them to get them in control panel to be able to uninstall them. It was a major hassle.
So anyway, I called HP and asked to order the Recovery CDs. (Her father lost the originals.) They didn't know if they would still have any because the computer was so old but then said luckily they found a set and mailed them.
Well, the set didn't work. I kept getting errors; for example, "setupdd.sys could not be loaded. The error code is 8192." I tried installing with and without reformating the recovery section as well as the main drive.
I couldn't get it to boot at all. It said the operating system was gone or the partition was corrupt so I used Acronis rescue disc to boot and formatted her hard drive. Acronis seemed to show it wasn't formatted.
I tried reinstalling Windows XP Home again and still no joy.
I have no other copies of XP Home in the house so as a test I tried Windows XP Pro. XP Pro loaded without a problem so this leads me to believe it was the XP Home the discs that either didn't match or were defective.
I would prefer not to try going through HP to get new discs. They seemed to think a few months ago getting discs for it was a long shot. They sent me these discs for free so I'm not out any money.
Linux isn't an option because dear daughter will need MS Word, Excel, etc. for school and this computer is a backup for college. Am I correct that Linux doesn't handle MS Word?
I'm wondering what my options are.
1. Could I call Microsoft will they let me pay to upgrade from XP Home using the product key I have from this computer to the XP Pro I've already installed?
2. If I can borrow someones XP Home could I use that with her product key?
3. If I have no luck borrowing an XP Home disc, could I buy an OEM XP Home Version on eBay or somewhere and use her product key? I think the EULA doesn't allow OEM products to be installed on HP computers but what if I used her previous product key?
Any advice would be appreciated.