Need help getting windows xp back!

March 3, 2009 at 07:15:07
Specs: Windows Vista
Right heres the score, my father in law has just gave me a laptop and it was originally a xp but hes put windows vista on it from his new laptop. So its made mine really slow and my laptop now thinks its his toshiba. I need to get xp back on here. I have the product key as its on the bottom of the laptop but i ant got a disk? any help?

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#1
March 3, 2009 at 07:37:37
The sticker on the bottom of the laptop is NOT a product key. It is a Certificate of Authenticity that attested the Windows on the machine is genuine. You need to contact Toshiba to purchase a set of Windows XP Restoration CDs unique to this machine.

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#2
March 3, 2009 at 07:41:01
my laptop isnt a toshiba my father in laws is! and it does have the product key on there.

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#3
March 3, 2009 at 08:17:05
You have to completely wipe the HDD & reinstall XP...pretty tough to do without the disc.

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#4
March 3, 2009 at 10:43:53
Most laptops have a partition with a restore image. Maybe your stepdad didn't wipe it out. They also usually have a keyboard key combination to hit during a boot to start the restore program. Go to the website of the laptop's manufacturer and look for help with a 'Restore' or 'Reformat' (which they sometimes erroneously call it).

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