I'd visit that friend again and ask for the disk again. Much better than buying the wrong one at eBay.
Windows XP is so old that I doubt if the manufacturer (Dell? Compaq? Gateway? You didn't tell) still has the oriiginal recovery disks for sale. Did you loose those disks also?
And is there a possibility to boot from a recovery partition if you don't have those disks? That should be in the user manual.
Hi, New at this.
Problem with laptop Getting error message on start up asking for : windows setup disk using the original setup disk into cd-rom.
Select "r" to repair.
Do not have the disk. (Given to husband by a friend.) Was working fine until I went on the net to down load Free antivirus Avast. After installation. Told me not activated. Tried later to check on how to activate. (battery went dead) Left it off for a few hours while charging. On start up the problem occurred.
Tried going on the internet when the windows installer was trying to connect. I did try and find out from Microsoft Support why windows installer was always coming up when connecting to the internet. Was told I must first pay 65.00 euro.