I theory, yes it can be done, but here's the thing, recovery disks are programmed and designed by the menufacturer with all of the extras be it UMWOS useless manufacturer waste of space (I'm trying to get that acronym to catch on can you tell? LOL) or drivers for the various devices installed in the laptop. It seems to me the last time I handled an HP the disks may have had a separate disk for the O/S only and I noticed this because I was impressed that they'd done that. If that was the case, then yes by all means, if the cd only contains the original O/S. You can see though that doing a ''manufacturers restore'' on the entire system will be disasterous. The restore program will try to install drivers for devices that aren't there, programs to run the devices that aren't there.... etc. Let me know what disks you have and their labels and we'll go from there. P.S. E-mail me with an e-mail address through the forum and we can discuss ways to properly accomplish your goal if you like.
My HP laptop hit the deck and has been destroyed. [getting over it], so my question is:
Can I use the original XP pro disc, HP LAPTOP, to upgrade my older Dell desktop to XP pro from it's current 2000 Pro? I mean I paid for and own the XP disc, so that part isn't an issue for me especially since I won't be using it on two machines. The question is will the HP [laptop]disc actually work as a install / reformatting tool for my desktop Dell?