I have genuine product license key but no cd!

Microsoft Windows xp home edition - comp...
May 20, 2010 at 03:33:31
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Everyone!

I was thinking about formatting my laptop but realised that although I have a genuine license key for Windows XP Home Edition, I don't have the installation cd, maybe lost it or didn't have it included when I bought my laptop.

I thought about contacting Microsoft but realised that there isn't support which relates to my problem & my country i.e. Malta without having to pay!

Can anyone help me please?

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May 20, 2010 at 04:08:05
I don't have an installation CD for Windows XP - what if I need one?
I have no CD - how do I get at Windows XP setup?

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May 20, 2010 at 05:18:25
Your laptop most likely has a restore partition on it which can be used to restore the laptop to factory conditions. In addition to that the restore partition can also be used ONCE to create a restore disk set.

If you never created that restore set I suggest you do that. Most OEM vendors don't supply disks anymore. You are required to burn your own. The partition should work OK but you will need to install any missing service packs and updates.

There is a method called slipstreaming, which allows you to integrate the service packs and updates into the original CD files. Look at a utility called nLite OS.

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May 20, 2010 at 07:04:26
Instead of Microsoft you should contact the manufactuer of the laptop. Find out if they supply OEM version of the O/S to its customers at time of purchase ,of yes they may send you one ,or perhaprs they place a factory restore on a partiton on the H.D. You may need to press a certain key combination to access it at bootup ? I have Dell and they have both, they sent me about a dozen or so CD's. One for re-installation of the O/S and all the others for the software that was included with the purchase and also I have a faqctory restore partiton . Give it a try .
Good Luck ,Nick

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May 20, 2010 at 12:46:35
... worth a try click start then "run" (type) diskmgmt.msc [press enter]

... what do you see by Disk 0 ?



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