5 year old computer, don't have my XP Home cd anymore...how do I reformat v.noob

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  1. Glaucon

    Glaucon Active Member

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    I'm in the process of contacting the manufacturer, but is this a likely solution?
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    If you have a sticker with a serial number, yes. You might need to pay a few bucks for shipping a new disc to you, but as long as you have the holographic sticker, then you own a license.
     
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    I do
     
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    They're not obligated to give you a new CD, but if they want to be a little bitch about it, borrow someone else's XP Home OEM disc and use it to reinstall using your code.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Depending on the manufacturer, your pc might have a hidden restore partition on it.
     
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    The good news:
    XP relies on the key for its copy protection needs.

    The bad news:
    depending on what brand you have the key may only work on a 'branded' windows install disc.

    What this means:
    Most people can simply download a copy of WXP off the interenet and be in good shape. But occasionaly someone does that and then finds out that the key is only good for a 'Dell' install disc or some such crap.

    Contact the PC manufacturer. They WILL sell you a set of install discs. Contrary to what people tell you here... the manufacturer has to be willing to sell them to you. Microsoft says so!
     
  7. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    if you have to, pirate a copy of pro

    you really don't want home version...
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    You really do deserve a ban.
     
  9. Glaucon

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  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i would say, if worse comes to worse, either get someone at a college to send you a disk with a key
    or download xp pro and use the pirated key, then change the key to your dell key with the magical jelly bean
     
  11. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    home keys(OEM) in a pro install??:ugh2:
     
  12. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    Probably have to download wireless and bluetooth drivers, dvd burners and audio probably will work without installing anything.
     

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