I have just finished helping a friend replace his motherboard, the last one was faulty. The computer works fine now (hardware-wise), but he cannot find his Windows XP Media Centre Edition disc. The COA sticker is on the case, so it's legit.
I was going to run a repair install to get everything up and running after the hardware change, but obviously we're going nowhere without the disc... (He's still looking!)
So, to my question - is it possible to be able to get the thing to boot at all, and then change the drivers around? A former IT consultant tells me it's possible by loading generic hard drive drivers onto the XP installation, so that it can boot up. Is this possible? I'm inclined not to believe him, because I can't find "generic hard drive drivers" anywhere. Has anybody heard of this or got some kind of answer to get this thing going?
Or are we just going to have to wait until the disc is found?