|Most of the Compaq and HP computers that originally had XP Home or Pro on them I've fiddled with came with a Recovery CD set for which the first disk is a "Windows XP Home (or Pro) (SPx if it has it) Re-installation CD" or similar. You can use that CD the same way you use an official Microsoft Windows CD, but probably only with the same model. |
That CD has files that are identical to those on an official Microsoft OEM XP CD of the same version - Home or Pro - that has the same Service Pack or no Service Pack integrated into the CD contents, except that certain OEM files on it have been modified so that you can only use the CD to install Windows from scratch, or do a Repair installation of Windows procedure, with the same model the disks came with, or one of a small group of models made at about the same time by the same brand name system builder.
If you try using the CD to do those things with any other computer, the CD will REFUSE to install Windows from scratch , or do a Repair installation of Windows procedure.
The same applies to most similar Recovery disks that came with brand name system computers.
If the label on your first Recovery CD does NOT have a label title similar to that, it's the first disk in an archive set of Recovery disks - all the disks in the set, or most of them, must be inserted one after the other when prompted to do so to install the software your hard drive originally had. The first disk cannot be used the same way as a Windows CD.
If the label on your first Recovery CD DOES have a label title similar to "Windows XP Home (or Pro) (SPx if it has it) Re-installation CD" ......
If that's what you have, if you have, or can borrow, a Microsoft OEM CD that is for the same version - Home or Pro - as on your official Microsoft label on the outside of your computer case, you can use that CD to install Windows on your brand name system computer, along with the Product Key on the official label on the case, or along with the Product Key Windows was originally using, if you know what it is / was (it's often different from the one on the label, originally).
It doesn't matter whether the CD has SPx updates integrated into it or not. All the Microsoft OEM XP CDs I've seen that have had SP1 updates integrated into the CD did NOT have any indication of that on the label, but the volume label for the CD is different from that for XP CDs that have no SP updates integrated into them at all.
A Microsoft OEM XP CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it, and has the Microsoft holograms on it.
Ike Peter's link has the set.
Has listings for Compaq desktop Presario SR1403WM
Has listings for Compaq desktop Presario SR1403WM for XP Home
Has listings for Compaq desktop Presario SR1400 series - one for SR1403WM