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Windows XP startup disk was stolen!


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Pookiebytes

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I don't know what to do. Someone stole my Winodws XP start up disk for my computer. I'm not having problems with my computer but when I called the company that sold my computer they said that they do not have anymore start up disks for my computer. I don't know where to go to get a new start up disk. Can someone help me out??
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you will not be able to get another windows xp cd for free
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you will not be able to get another windows xp cd for free

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Well stated!

Who is the mfg of your unit?
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Dell is the manufacture. Where could I buy a new CD
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How old is your unit?
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go to pricegrabber.com then type windows xp (home or pro) or best buy, circut city something like that
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Howdy:

You can buy from from Microsoft or any reputable software dealer!!

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My unit is a 2001. Are the disks very expensive? Another question I have is that I know that someone took my disk. Could they use it? Wouldn't I be the registered owner on it? Would it even work on someon elses computer?
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Prices vary so check around.. No, they couldn't use it as it won't activate and would only be good on a Dell system (this was a Dell recovery disk right??)

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Yes, it is a Dell computer. My boyfriend has the same type of computer as me and his start up disk says Windows XP starter pack 1. Could I use his if need be?
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Yes, you can, as long as you use your on Product Key. The disk does not matter, only the Key...
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Wait! Usually with an OEM recovery cd it will only work if the units are configured exactly the same.3

I also find it difficult to beleive that a 4 year old dell would not have a disk available for it. I think you should call them again.
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Where is the product Key???
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Yes, you can, as long as you use your on Product Key. The disk does not matter, only the Key...

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if it is OEM xp recovery cd, a product key is usually not needed either.
the disk checks for specific hardware items to ensure it is in the right unit.
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Every time I call Dell they either do not know what I'm talking about or I spoke to a lady not too long ago and she told me to upgrade my computer and that they do not make that kind of start up disk anymore.
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