Missing Windows XP Disk

January 4, 2011 at 10:09:28
Specs: Windows XP
My Mum was given a Mesh branded PC a couple of years ago and it has got to the point where I need to reinstall Windows XP home but I don't have the original Mesh Installation disk, can I use any OEM XP home CD with the COA on the case or does it have to be the one designed for the machine

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#1
January 4, 2011 at 10:35:00
First off, what makes you think it is absolutely necessary to completely reinstall XP Home? Second, is there not a Recovery Partition on it?

Using a non-Mesh OEM cd could lead to more problems than you already have... I think you need to give us a lot more information about this Mesh computer, its history, specifications, the problems encountered, etc.


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#2
January 4, 2011 at 10:49:39
i'm not sure of the Spec off hand, as far as I can see there is no recovery partition on the PC, there is a secondary partition but I can't see the recovery data.

The PC was a bit if a mess when she got it, by the looks of things the original owner had a number of different user accounts on it and when it was passed on they obviously deleted there files and some software but not through the proper procedure. So there is a lot of fragmented junk everywhere and the PC runs really slowly.
I have just given it a look over and installed some new anti virus and the whole process was stupidly slow, were talking hours and the virus scanner keeps saying its found things so i've decided its time to just start again.

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#3
January 4, 2011 at 16:04:54
- If the computer has less than 512MB RAM, it's going to run slowly.
- If the CPU is overheating, it's going to run slowly.
- if both are taking place, the system will run extremely slowly.
- If the anti-vrius program you installed is a resource hog (such as Mcafee or Norton) & any of the above applies, the system is going to run slower than extremely slowly.
- If a ton of crap loads at startup (AIM, Yahoo, MSN,Google, iTunes, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Adobe, Java, printer, camera, scanner, etc), the system will boot slowly & run slowly.
- If all the above is taking place, the system will run even slower than "slower than extremely slowly"
- If no one has been maintaining the computer for the past couple of years & temp internet files, cookies, history files, temp files, etc have been allowed to accumulate AND the above are all taking place, the system is going to run so slowly that it will take hours to load software.

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#4
January 4, 2011 at 17:03:35
Everything mickliq said. Plus: "...not sure of the Spec off hand..." is not helpful. Neither is "...as far as I can see there is no recovery partition...

You say there is a second partition. Tell us something about it, ...anything!


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#5
January 5, 2011 at 04:11:47
Thanks for your help but can we move back to the original question,

"can I use any OEM XP home CD with the COA on the case or does it have to be the one designed for the machine"

obviously I can get any missing drivers at a later date from the original hardware manufacturers

To answer your questions
I know all of the things that can slow it down and they have all been checked and sorted as best as can be, as for spec its not relevant, the machine is of a good enough spec that windows should run without problem, I have run XP on much worse spec machines with no trouble, as for other software there is nothing opening on startup other than the antivirus.
The problem is just years of people installing and uninstalling stuff and making a mess. As for the recovery partition there is a second partition on the HDD but as far as I can see there is nothing on it other than personal files and software files

Cheers
as for the recovery partition


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#6
January 5, 2011 at 04:38:09
You can use a brand new OEM disk to install XP, but like you said, you'll have to go in search of the drivers. If there is a coa sticker on the machine, you can try and use any xp disk as long as it's the same version of xp.

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#7
January 5, 2011 at 08:10:30
You should be able to do what I did. I purchased a DELL OEM Windows XP Pro SP3 disc on eBay for $40. The disc installs without activation on my DELL Optiplex GX240, but a hack file (antiwpa.dll) is needed to bypass activation for installation on my Compaq Deskpro EN. You might be able to avoid purchasing an installation disc if installation files are stored on your hard drive. Google using the keywords "making install cd from pre-loaded installation", or something similar, and you should find the procedure outlined somewhere. If you purchase an installation disc, you can make copies using "CDburnerXP" which is freeware. NET.framework 2.0 is necessary to install "CDburnerXP". If buying a disc, you will definitely want SP3 version.

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