Repair XP Home without original CD

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
April 28, 2010 at 11:55:59
Specs: Windows XP
I am running windows XP Home Edition on a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. Unfortunately, my install CD was lost during a move.

Win XP has become corrupt since the updates of this past Thanksgiving. I get to the log in screen normally and the machine's performance is normal once logged in, However it takes about 25 minutes to stabilize after log in. Hardware and antivirus have been ruled out. Restore points over a month old have been lost.

It has been suggested that I do a repair install. I do have the XP CD for my desktop and have been able to obtain the Windows product key for the laptop. Can the CD for the desktop be used to perform a repair install on the laptop?

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April 28, 2010 at 12:29:48
Get your key by using a key app. I forget the common ones.

Then borrow anyone's cd to do a "repair". See MS pages for exact how to. It should not change your key but if it does you will have the old one to put back later with that same app.

What is that app? It is sort of a funny name like bubblegum key or lemon key or something like that.
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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 28, 2010 at 12:49:23
key can be gotten with magicjellybean. google it.

you really need the dell cd for your laptop from dell which you can order by calling dell.

using a different cd will cause you problems since it will not load the drivers needed for your laptop.

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April 28, 2010 at 13:36:39
Why not just figure out what your problem is? Your system is apparently infected by something your anti-virus is missing. Norton or McAfee by any chance?

If you can still get online with the machine, try one of the free online scanners such as Trend Micro Housecall. And if you don't have an Anti-Malware program, try MalwareBytes.

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April 28, 2010 at 14:33:44
A repair does not affect drivers. It only restores original xp files and registry.

I do agree that you may ultimately be better off with a correct restore disk.

A "repair" will also mean you will have to re-install all the apps.

Since you say dell it may be possible that you have a recovery partition that contains what you need. See owners manual to be sure.

A slim chance you created an asr disk?

Could also check that ram amount is shown correct and maybe test it. See bios health settings too. Might be some hardware issue.

Can't hurt to run memtest.

Might try a live cd just to see how stable it is. See bartsPE or a linux live cd.
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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 28, 2010 at 15:44:54
"A "repair" will also mean you will have to re-install all the apps"

Not so, at least not with the Microsoft repair method. The My Documents folder, programs & drivers will remain untouched. But you WILL loose ALL the Windows Updates & depending on the disc, IE7 or IE8 & any service pack that was installed will also be removed.

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April 28, 2010 at 18:29:34

Generic xp home cd = no dell drivers!

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April 29, 2010 at 13:58:32
The hard drive and RAM have passed diagnostic. I am using F Secure. Gave up on Trend a year or two back. However, F- secure, Trend housecall, Superantispyware, and adaware fail to find anything on the system.

My system restore disk is currently mia with the XP CD, Dell manual and all the other paper work. I know the importance of them and kept them where they'd be safe. But with the guys helping me move, they appearantly didnt make it.

Anyway, I don't have anything on the laptop that's critical. The important stuff on on the desktop. I didnt know about Dell's retore through ctrl-F11. I ran it, reinstalled F secure, and got rid of the garbage Dell included, and it's running like a charm and right where I need it.

I'm still puzzled about what the problem was. As far as why I didnt just find out wat the problem is, well, it's been undergoing trouble shooting for five months. Even called in a guy that can fix anything windows. He's the guy that most geeks call when theyre stumped.

None the less, it's back where I need it with nthing loss. Thanks for the replies

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April 29, 2010 at 18:48:03
your welcome, lmao

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July 11, 2010 at 04:07:35
Hi Neelix,

Just to inform you that under most circumstances. On top
having a Dell repair disk referred as "OEM" which is
completely different to a Windows Retail installation disk.
Windows "pairs" the serial number to the disk.

So even if you had two retail versions you could not use your
friends Windows XP disk to repair install your computer as
Windows would cross reference your serial number and your
friends serial number on the disk and inform you that your
serial number was invalid.

Solution: As stated by Microsoft, if computer is from a
manufacturer you have to call them and get a new disk which
is encoded for that serial number or the other option if you manufacturer will not support you contact Microsoft they will
want proof of purchase of your computer and the serial
number if you can supply these two bits of info they will issue
a new Disk from Singapore which will take 3-4 weeks.

If you can not prove proof of purchase Microsoft will "assess"
your request on an individual basis. If they decline your
request you will have to go and purchase a new Windows
installation again if they don't approve your request.

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