I have 5 computers at home on a small network all running WindowsXP. My oldest computer's (Compaq, 1.2Ghz, 512 MB RAM, DVD, CD-RW) hard drive just died.
I know I should have had it backed up (and I will from now on) but I didn't.
My problem is I do not have the original WindowsXP dics for this machine. Someone else posted about not getting them with their compaq computer. I honestly don't even remember if I did or not. What I do know, is I cannot find them (not very organized).
I have them for all the other machines. I have read a couple of the posts here regarding piracy, etc. and I agree.
However, I have all valid copies of Windows and "had" a valid copy on this machine until the hard drive died. If I have to buy a new copy of Windows (as well as a new hard drive), I might as well just buy a new machine. That would be a shame because it is still a good computer otherwise.
Is there a way to use one of the other WindowsXP Operating Systems I have and contact Microsoft and have them look up my original activation on the Compaq system or something similar?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.