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theleech

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Hi there. My sister has just got a new laptop, so she has passed her old one on to me. Unfortunately it is in dire need of a reformat, and we didn't get an XP disk when we bought it. On the bottom of the laptop is a microsoft product key. Is there anyway i can reformat the laptop and use the key to make it genuine? If not, what would be your suggestion on how i make the laptop as close to reformatted as possible?
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Boot the system with a borrowed XP CD, (same version), and use the Product Key on the bottom of the laptop.
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Depending on the age of the laptop there may already be a recovery partition on the hd.
What is the make and model and we can see if such a partition exist and how to access it.
This would format and reload everything as it was brand new from the factory, :D
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Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

Attach it to your reply.
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Thanks for replies everyone, but its no longer necessary. I tried to replace the keyboard and the screen and suffice to say it didn't go well. It now won't power on. It's with a mate whose a computer technician at the moment, but he says its pretty hopeless as i broke a vital connector. But at least I'll know for next time! :D ;) ;)
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