How to re-install Win XP on Compaq Presario

March 20, 2011 at 22:54:28
Specs: Windows Vista

I have a Compaq Presario R5412X which I had to wipe hard drive and now I need to re-install the OS..I did not wipe the drive with the factory image but I can't get to it...when I boot up, it is giving a msg of " Missing OS" What can I do to re-install Windows? Pc does not have recovery disk!!! Pls help!!!!

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March 21, 2011 at 09:46:50
Okay, in this case.. wipe means to format, which will erase all your data, the operating system, everything. Everything on your system is now gone.

Now, yes, you do need an operating system. If there was a disc that came with your computer, you can use that or your going to have to purchase an operating system. You can get them off of or, search for the OEM product, they will only be about $112

I love Compaq Presario's, it was the first computer I ever owned.. it lasted 12 years.. granted I upgraded it and things, but the original board, memory, processor, everything lasted.

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