Solved No recovery disc, but have product key.

October 31, 2015 at 16:28:15
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4/ PC2700
I have a used HP Pavilion dv4000 I picked up. It has a windows XP Home Edition Product Key label on it, but no installed operating system. I checked the HP support site and did not see a link to recovery media. If recovery media is no longer available from the PC manufacturer, how can I reinstall XP using the original product key labeled on the laptop cheaply?

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#1
October 31, 2015 at 17:51:51
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HP seems to provide recovery disks for only a few years after the model's release. Sometimes you can find them online but many of those sites seem to be just BS or 'driver' disks or universal disks with some utilities on them. You can always get an XP disk of the same version as the product key--professional or home--and do an install. If it doesn't take the key on the sticker I think you can still do it online or phone microsoft even though XP is antiquated. Often the keys on the sticker are not registered if the original installation was a factory install.

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#2
November 1, 2015 at 06:59:41
Check to see if the recovery partition is still intact. If it is, that's how you can reinstall XP. Or you can try installing using a retail disc & the product key you have. As stated above, if it doesn't work, call Microsoft & they will activate it for you.

But being that XP is outdated, no longer supported, & a security risk, you would be much better off learning to install & use Linux on your older systems. It's 100% free & almost impossible to infect. Post the specs of your dv4000, especially the RAM amount, & I can suggest a couple of Linux distros to try. I put Zorin OS 9 Lite on my zv6000 with 1.25GB RAM & it runs decently. And I just put Zorin OS 9 Core on a friend's more modern laptop (Core i3 with 4GB RAM) & she loves it. It's very windows-like so it's an easy transition. If you can figure out Android (which is based on Linux), you can figure out Linux.

http://zorinos.com/tour.html

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#3
November 1, 2015 at 18:54:15
It's got no recovery partition, no hard drive in fact.
Its a dv4307cl in the 4000 series.
Stock hard drive was 100GB Ultra ATA/100 EIDE - 4,200 RPM
It has 1 GB of PC2-4200 DDR2 upgradeable to 2GB.
Beyond that I don't know much about it yet.

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#4
November 8, 2015 at 07:11:03
If it doesn't have a HDD, why are you even asking such questions? And why would you even want to run XP anymore? You can run Linux directly off a DVD or USB flash drive. No HDD is required. You would be wise to start exploring the world of Linux.

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#5
November 8, 2015 at 12:37:59
Well I can get another HDD for it, and the license belongs to the laptop not the HDD. My assumption is that the HDD died, was removed and used for some other purpose, installed as a secondary drive and is not being used as a boot drive (which wouldn't be legal), or has since had holes drilled in it and been tossed in the trash. The COA sticker on the laptop is the license. And the laptop discarded and put up for sale, was sold with an attached COA sticker. Or am I not understanding this correctly.

Do you not relinquish your rights to the OEM license when you discard the PC?

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#6
November 8, 2015 at 18:36:00
I don't know if technically MS wants the license to be for the user and computer or just the computer. But in real life people sell working computers all the time and they don't end up in microsoft jail.

Since most COA keys from preinstalled systems aren't used I wouldn't think you'd have a problem using it. If it is already registered all they do is tell you it's been used. I did that once with a COA key off a case I scrapped. I installed xp on one system and MS accepted that key. I tried it again on another and they told me it was already used.


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