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Reuse win xp license and software after HDD crash

by noamyuv / March 31, 2013 9:01 PM PDT

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T42 laptop. The hard disk on this machine crashed. I was able to boot the machine from a USB flash drive with Ubuntu OS and determine that the hidden partition with the Win XP PRO OS is alive and was able to copy its content to another machine.
How can I use it to restore the laptop using a brand new HDD? (I have the OS code on a sticker)

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Did you make system restore
by orlbuckeye / March 31, 2013 9:51 PM PDT

disks? If not you can purchase them from Lenova. Your other option is to purchase either the OEM version or retail version on Windows and download the drivers from the internet.

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No CDs
by noamyuv / March 31, 2013 10:26 PM PDT

Thanks for your answer
I don't have any CDs. the machine came with none.
Why pay MS again for the OS? I have the authentication code on the sticker.

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You don't pay MS here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2013 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: No CDs

You might pay Lenovo for the restore media.

Just to be clear you can't use any XP CD you find with that license key. As why that is is so well discussed I'll stop here.

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Well like I said you have 2
by orlbuckeye / April 7, 2013 10:36 PM PDT
In reply to: No CDs

options. The first is to contact Lenova and get the restore CD's. Second would be to BUY windows again. Those are basically your 2 options. Geting the restore disks from Lenova with be $ 20 or less while XP would be over $ 100.

Lesson learned anytime I buy a new computer when it asks me to make restore disks I do and sometime I make them again.

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