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Install Windows XP without a CD

My hard drive recently crashed and I had to buy a new one. My HP Pavilion dv5000 laptop came with Windows XP preloaded, so I don't have a windows cd. I do have a legal product key that came with the laptop for Windows.

I need to download a windows xp installer, make a bootable cd and load it on my new hard drive and put in my product key that I have.

Unfortunately, I can't find a windows xp home edition online that allows me to do this that isnt illegal (with a product key that comes with it) or one that you have to purchase.

Is there any way I can put Windows on my new hard drive if I own a product key?

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Talk to HP

Talk to HP, get them to send you some recovery media. Might cost you $20 or so, but it will be your easiest solution by far.

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If the computer was new
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While I too suggest ...

obtaining the recovery disks from HP you may have another option.

Unless the hard drive is corrupted or you have changed the OS, try running the recovery by turning on the power and pressing the f11 key to run a recovery from the recovery partition. If the program on the recovery partition does not work, order a replacement recovery disc from HP.

This link tells you how to get recovery media -

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solution for tis problem

you can install any windows xp with other key and you can chnage the key by using key finder tool

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