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How do i Re-Install windows xp Without the Install Disk

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I had bought a Computer off Ebay recently and i have had a error with it, When i start it, it goes to a Screen saying about a File missing,I cant remember the full name but it was a Critical file in the WINDOWS Folder. I have looked online about this and it said about a Bad Battery Change or The plug being pulled out to fast, my mum said something about her pulling it out to fast or My brother installed a Virus.
I have another XP Syestem, But however that has no Disks or Winin32 i think its called that, My Broken computer is not Accessable but i can use a 8gb Flash Drive and CD/ROM Drive, it also has no Disks with it. Vise Versa with the Working Computer. I want to know if i can use a Flash drive by Burning it or Something or is there a other way, Also it says about pressing r to do something but that just Restarts it
I had a Windows 98 disk around so i tried that but hen it got to 100% on Formatting it says there was a Error, So i think that my Drive is Fromatted aswell.
If you want Specific Details on things then tell me im just writing at the top of my head.
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Hello Will and Welcome to GeeksToGo!

You ask in the topic title "How do I re-install Windows XP Without the Install Disk" so to help you with that I should let you know that you would either have to purchase an original Windows XP Installation or upgrade to Windows Vista/7/8.

Please be aware though that:-

From next year Microsoft will no longer be updating Windows XP with security updates that help prevent your Windows XP from some known malware/virus programs.
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You can get a Recovery Disc for your computer from Restoredisks.com, cost $20.
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