replace hard drive and load Windows XP w/o CD

February 2, 2012 at 07:48:14
Specs: Windows XP, Intel/1gig
replace hard drive without Windows XP CD. I bought a new Dell Dimension 8400 that did not come with the Windows XP CD. My hard drive needs to be replaced. How do I load the operating system on the new hard drive without the CD. I believe I have the product number which is located on the "My computer, properties" screen.

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#1
February 2, 2012 at 08:01:46
The product number you need is not the one shown in My Computer Properties. The number you need should be on a sticker on the case of the computer.

With that number you can use any CD to reinstall Windows providing it is the same type that came as original, Home or Professional. If it is not a Dell CD you may have to go through the telephone activation system to get it working.

Stuart


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#2
February 2, 2012 at 08:16:00
The XP install is probably in the restore partition of your hard drive. Like most persons you did not make the restore disks when you got the computer. You can purchase them from Dell or follow Stuart's method. Why does the hard disk need to be replaced?

I just realized the the phrase "without cd" has two meanings. 1 - Don't have the software disk and 2 - The computer has no cd/dvd drive. In many cases especially with a netbook both facts are true.


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#3
February 2, 2012 at 13:02:56
Contact Dell for a replacement media.

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#4
February 2, 2012 at 17:56:21
"I bought a new Dell Dimension 8400 that did not come with the Windows XP CD"

How many years ago did you buy this "new" Dell? And why did you never create the Restore CDs?

If the old drive is still working, just clone the contents to the new HDD.


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#5
February 3, 2012 at 14:26:02
a good way is to clone the old hdd to the new hdd. and no one thought of this?
http://www.xxclone.com/ < teh program tat iz free!

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#6
February 4, 2012 at 05:19:25
and no one thought of this

As the hard disk needs to be replaced it is a fair bet that it is not working correctly which it needs to be in order to make a clone. If the hard disk was well enough to be cloned it wouldn't need replacing.

Stuart


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