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by kd5exp / March 11, 2012 11:12 PM PDT

I need a download of windows XP Home to load on my new hard drive. Where can I find a download of this. Thanks Gene

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Re: download of Windows XP
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 11, 2012 11:29 PM PDT
In reply to: where to get a copy of

If you're a MSDN member it's available. But becoming one is more expensive than buying a disk with a license.
There's no legal other source.

- Didn't your PC come with an XP disk?
- Didn't your PC come with recovery disk or the possibility to make one?
- Didn't you make an 'image' of your old hd?
- Can you order a recovery disk with the manufacturer? That's cheaper than buying a new license.


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windows xp home
by kd5exp / March 11, 2012 11:58 PM PDT

no it was on the hard drive and when it went I lost it. I had a recovery disk but am unable to locate it. I have the actavation code on the side od the desktop and just need a copy to load it.

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Re: XP CD.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2012 12:17 AM PDT
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Maybe a friend, relation, family member still has a CD? Or eBay or Craigslist.

Note, however, that that license code is an OEM license code. There's no guarantee at all that some other version of XP Home (say, from another OEM or a retail version) will accept it. So my advice is to only pay for it if it works.

If you don't have the recovery disk any more, are you sure you have all the right drivers for XP? If you don't, you might have a crippled machine until you find them. Maybe better to order a new recovery disk if they still are being sold.


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windows XP
by kd5exp / March 12, 2012 12:38 AM PDT
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Thanks Kees, I have contacxted a friend that said he would burn me a copy and he said he assures me it will work. going to have to update operating system one of these days. I have seen where windows 8 is coming out soon.maybe then. Gene

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(NT) Let's hope he's right.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2012 12:40 AM PDT
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windows xp home
by kd5exp / March 12, 2012 1:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Let's hope he's right.

He works for a computer repair plave here in town that come out and straighten things out for you so I beleive he most likely right. Kepp my fingers crossed

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