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How should I obtain a windows xp CD?

by summerian / July 27, 2007 11:28 AM PDT

How should I obtain a windows xp cd to reinstall my boot.ini file if my computer came precongigured with winodows and I did not receive one with my computer?

Thanks very much.

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Contact your PC mfg or reseller...they should have provided
by VAPCMD / July 27, 2007 11:41 AM PDT

you with a disc or an option to get one.


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I got my computer from costco three years ago
by summerian / July 27, 2007 12:26 PM PDT

Does this still mean that I can obtain a windows xp disc from them?
Thanks in advance.

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They'll send you one.
by Scrotes4Life / July 27, 2007 1:30 PM PDT


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Not Costco...
by John.Wilkinson / July 27, 2007 1:51 PM PDT

You'll want to contact your computer's manufacturer...HP, Gateway, Sony, etc. They can send you one for a nominal fee provided they still have some in stock. However, it'll likely be the system recovery CD, not a retail Windows XP CD, and you don't need that to replace your boot.ini file. I still recommend getting the CD for future availability, though.

You can recreate the file yourself by creating a new text document in the root of the C: drive, using the following as the body:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect

Save it, and then rename it "boot" with a file extension of "ini". Note that there's also a backup, named boot.ini.saved, which can be renamed to boot.ini to restore the original contents. However, it is a hidden system file, so depending on how you access your hard drive you may need to enable the viewing of such files. I assume your computer is currently unbootable, but you can do this by connecting the hard drive to another computer or booting to a Linux distro's Live CD.

Hope this helps,

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Let me put it this way...if you bought the PC with the OS
by VAPCMD / July 28, 2007 4:11 AM PDT

installed ... you should get or be able get a CD of some sort. They may charge a few bucks for the CD but not equal cost of new OS. And you need to work with the PC Mfg . . . HP, Gateway, etc..


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