How can I us my recovery CD's on another PC

March 2, 2011 at 17:41:47
Specs: Windows XP
My Compaq Presario of 7 years has died. I have the shell of an old Sony Vaio from a friend and my new harddrive. I thought I could save a few bucks and use the Compaq recovery CD's I made when I first bought the PC to load on the on Vaio for the kids to keep using to play on.
The CD's won't load because it says this isn't a Compaq system. Is there anyway around this.
The hardware has died. I shouldn't have to loose the software too!

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March 2, 2011 at 18:01:27
I doubt it but you can try it. Some of the very first xp versions on OEM were real xp disks with only some drivers being different. I suspect that it won't work but you will find it out pretty quick.

While I agree that you shouldn't loose the software too, MS and almost very OEM think differently. MS sells the software to the OEM for pennies and they include it with your new system. MS would let you move it if you paid the $134 for it.

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