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HD Format + Windows reinstall

hey,

my laptop is completely messed up, and it is filled with viruses and basically beyond any repair. My plan was to reformat the hard drive and reinstall a copy of windows (i have winXP Home v.2002 sp2 currently). Anyhow, my biggest problem currently is how to reinstall my copy of windows because i don't have a seperate CD for it, and it just came with my computer. My copy is a fully registered legal copy, so my thought process was, just take down the reg # and either find somewhere on the HD where i can copy the Windows onto a CD or find a 'fake' copy of windows, than upload them once the formatting was done but enter my registration #. I read the end user license agreement for windows but i still don't know if what i'm doing is illegal or not because i do have the original reg code (isn't that essentially what u buy from microsoft?) so what would the problem be.

I don't wanna buy another copy of windows, but if i have to i will i suppose.

Dell Insperian I6400
Intel (R) Core(TM)2 CPU
T7200 @ 2GHz
998 MHz, 1 GB of Ram
Physical Address Extention

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i would really appreciate the help, if someone could find me a detailed method of how to solve this method keeping in mind that i'm pretty newbish. I'm not computer ********, but the easier the better.

thanks in advance

Happy

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Does the laptop have the recovery partition. . .

on the hard drive? Seems like pressing one of the function keys on boot up will bring the recovery up. Got the user's manual?

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partition

Awesome, i fixed it... i think it was the partition, i just restored to how i got it out of the box.

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(NT) What function key was it ? (so we can share with others.
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function key

before the dell logo dissappeared, hold the ctrl key, and keep pressing the F11 button. It brings up a page called 'symantec' and than it gives you option of restore (which brings it back to factory settings) and another one i'm not sure of, but i think it was a normal system restore thing.

it took less than 10 min, which was good

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(NT) Got it...Thanks

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