How can I put laptop back to original xp?

April 25, 2011 at 20:37:25
Specs: Windows xp, not available
I have a compaq presario v5305wm factory installed windows xp media center 2005. I have no cd to put it back to that. Someone,previous owner, downloaded vista home prem. bad copy. How can I obtain discs I need to get rid of vista and put back to xp,oem? I have no cds for this laptop what so ever. I do however have original product key on bottom of computer. This laptop works great except for no sound and needs correct program. The vista in it states on screen, not a genuine copy, just want it out. Comp will not allow some updates to download with this version of vista. Can someone help?

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#1
April 25, 2011 at 23:27:24
Try alt + F11, perhaps the computer has a restore or recovery partition left in tact.

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#2
April 26, 2011 at 05:26:47
Nohting happened. That must have been changed too.

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#3
April 26, 2011 at 05:40:53
... how many partitions do you see when you run the Disk Management tool?

... if you see more than one post back relevant details ie. does it have a name?

... how much of the partition is used?
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#4
April 26, 2011 at 08:04:57
At left column it reads Disk 0
Basic
55.89 GB
Onlin

CD-ROM 0
DVD (E:)
No Media


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#5
April 26, 2011 at 08:50:27
(C:) 44.03 GB NTFS (System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition free space 17.55 GB 40% free

8 MB Unallocated

(D:) 11.85 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition) free space 11.85 GB 99% free

Sending it just as it reads. Only 3 partitions. 2 in blue 1 in black.


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#6
April 26, 2011 at 10:33:12
... 2 partitions and 8mb of unallocated space

... you have to be sure about this are you refering to the "unallocated space" as a partition?

... if you right click the partition option explore will it let you?

... I am asking as I was expecting a partition to be named "EISA" or "Recovery"

... did you try tapping the <Alt>+<F11> <keys> @ bootup?

... or just "hold-in" <F11> <key> after the power button when you see splash screen

... is there a folder/directory called Windows.old in your main drive?
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#7
April 26, 2011 at 14:56:29
The C and D partitions will let you explore, the 8mb does not. There nothing at all on them that says EISA or Recovery.
As far as the F11 key I will try it and get back to you.

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#8
April 26, 2011 at 16:33:25
I tried both ways nothing happened just came up as usual. Is there a way to possibly find a win xp media center 2005 disc, clean out the computer and rebuild with old product key or does it have to be a new product key? Or what else would you suggest?

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#9
April 26, 2011 at 20:30:40
If you have a product key, you need only find a window xp media center disk.

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#10
April 26, 2011 at 21:08:51
Thank you all for yor help. I found a disk on ebay. I will try that way. Vista will finally be gone. I may be back with questions when the disc gets here.

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