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Deathhead122

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Alright, I have had my computer for roughly 6 years and it is extremely horrible lately. I have gotten a couple virus' I don't have time to remove and old files I didn't even know I still had. I have lost my OS Cd and it doesn't seem like my Computer has the ability for restoring factory settings from the main screen. {Black screen holding down F10 or F11).

If anyone could please help me, if you need Specs I can provide them.
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If you do have the XP CD and your computer does not have a recovery partition and you do not have the time to spare to attempt to put the computer back in working order, then please tell me where we are meant to go from here.?
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I do not have the Cd, is my computer basically screwed then?
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Well if you don't have any way of obtaining a disk than yes. Your only other option would be to get a disk off of eBay/Amazon or buy an OS (not sure if XP is till sold in stores) from a retail store of local computer shop!
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Does the computer load windows and you just want to sort it out or will it not load the operating system.
Ebay, generally speaking is a very doubtful place to buy a GENUINE (available for legal use) Microsoft Operating System CD/DVD.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 30 June 2010 - 02:56 PM.

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Marc Billow

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GENUINE (available for legal use) Microsoft Operating System CD/DVD

And if its not eBay refunds your money, but you can never be to watchful when on any site like eBay!
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TigerDirect still sells XP OEM HERE

NewEgg still sells XP OEM also HERE
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I have had some friends that talked about "Cracked Os".
Not only is it illegal it seems unreliable, so bad choice?
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Illegal, YES! Unreliable, Windows has a little (understatement) thing called Genuine Advantage, Microsoft's way of trying to keep you from activation a cracked version of Windows. Its not a good option, and may we revisit the illegal part...
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I am not quite certain of the point being made here, but this forum does not support the use of anything except CERTIFIED Microsoft (or of course other systems) installations.
It is not a question of "if it is a bad idea or not"
It is simply illegal and NOT supported on this site.
No discussion will be entered into about its merits or otherwise.
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Since no info on the make and model of the system is given we can't find the recovery partition information that may help you.
Does your system have a sticker on it somewhere stating the original OS that was loaded on the system?
If the issue is a infection it very well could be resolved with some help from our malware staff.
This could save all data and programs but you would have to tell us what you would like to do so we can continue.
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