reinstall xp without orginal disk

February 5, 2009 at 14:39:52
Specs: XP, P4 2.4 1GB
I have a Dell Notebook that came with XP. It came with recovery disks, but I have lost them.
My xp product code sticker is on the bottom of my notebook, so I wondered if I could use my friends store-bought copy of XP and enter my code? Will it allow me to do that?


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February 5, 2009 at 15:17:58
Nope won't work. Have to be a dell OEM. Contact Dell and get them to send you a cd.

PS - shouldn't double post :-[

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February 5, 2009 at 15:36:00
homer, pretty impatient aren't we? About 30 minutes between posts. Double posting may result in both being removed.

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February 5, 2009 at 17:01:49
I didn't say everything I thought I should have in the orginal post....and I tried to delete it. I wasn't purposly trying to double post!

Thanks for the info won't work I guess.

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February 5, 2009 at 17:15:45
You can't delete or edit an original post, but you can always add more information once your post is available.

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February 5, 2009 at 18:45:08
Homer, try holding down the ctrl key and taping F11 during a boot. That might get you the recovery routine.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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February 5, 2009 at 19:15:39
I have used other cd's and then changed the key to the correct one.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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February 23, 2009 at 10:55:22

Im new to this forum so please bear with me if my way of doing things aren't the norm.

I have recently bought a HP Compaq computer with XP professional already installed.

I have the license key, but sadly didn't receive the installation disk.

IF my hard drive crashed, could i use an ordinary XP professional disk from somewhere else and use my key to reinstall it on the hard drive?

Thanks Shaun

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February 23, 2009 at 11:04:27

You should be able to create your own set of disks to be used in case you need to restore to a new hard drive. You should already be able to restore by accessing the restore files on a second hidden partition on your hard drive.

I strongly suggest you read your manual for help on how to create those disks. You will only get one shot at doing it so do it right the first time.

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February 23, 2009 at 15:30:57
I have also reinstalled xp with a different disk. Just put in the key for that disk and when it asks you to activate use the call method and it will approve.

If the automated system tells you that it didn't work call again and it will work on the second attempt.

I just did this yesterday. Twice!

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February 23, 2009 at 22:32:08
ok as for using the OEM home key, yes but you need a special copy of xp, not normally available to public.

a way around that is by simply using your friends disc, and his respective key, make sure you do not connect to the internet. then give magic jelly bean keyfinder ( a slightly older version) a whirl on your laptop and change the windows serial to the one on your sticker.

If this is not acceptible for this site, plz remove this. im not sure if this breaks the eula of windows but im sure its sketchy as hell :)

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February 23, 2009 at 22:45:23
If your friend's store bought disc is the same xp home=home and vice versa, then you can do a repair install but you have to use the XP number ON THE DISC to load up the repair. Then when you you are done and it asks you to register with microsoft take the other option (activation) to get it working (not the register option). Then when it asks, you can input your xp product code sticker number from your PC to activate windows again, then you will have to download ALL the critical updates again as they will be gone. Good luck

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