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Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP without a disc?

by Tamako_The_Griffin / September 30, 2005 3:23 AM PDT

I was wondering if it was possible to reinstall a Windows XP without it's disc? You see my cousin has been having trouble with his desktop for a while now and does not have the money to take it to be repaired. Someone told him that since it was just a problem that could be fixed if it was reinstalled, but since he took his computer in to have it reinstalled at a shop, they never gave back his CD and now he does not have the OS CD to reinstall it. Please help us. Is there possibly a way to do this without a os cd??

Thank you,

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(NT) (NT) (ouch) No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 3:28 AM PDT
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oh my. ouch2
by Dick White / September 30, 2005 3:56 AM PDT

As Robert states in his title, nope, don't even dream of reinstalling without the CD. That said, two thoughts come to mind. First, that's outrageous that the repair shop would take the original install CD and not return it with the repaired system (The fact is they shouldn't really need the CD itself, just the valid key code, for which it would be a reasonable business practice for them to insist on seeing the certificate of authenticity with their own eyes before proceding, but they don't need to keep it.) Can you go back to the shop and put a little pressure on the manager to make this right for you?

Second, one of the little secrets of Windows install disks is that within the major product lines (Pro vs. Home) the contents of the disk are all the same. The installation routine will ask you for your product key, shown on the inside of the package folder and/or typed on a label which is stuck to the back of your computer somewhere. The key is unique for each copy, and will ultimately be registered with Microsoft as being installed on that specific computer. Subsequent reinstallations on that computer will be immediately recognized by Microsoft as a valid license, but using that key on any other system will fail (or conversely, using a different key on that system will cause some trouble too). That's why the repair shop needed to know the proper key. But in your current predicament - if you can read the label on the back of your system to get the product key AND you can borrow a copy of an installation CD (of the same version as yours) from a friend, you can perform the reinstall.


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reinstall windows XP
by jw1ls5n0129 / September 30, 2005 6:26 AM PDT

Hello .if you have if you have tools recovery then you can .click start ,all programs and look for tools recovery.if you have this then XP is on your hard drive but when you click recovery click the advance.
this will put the drive back to factory settings.the other way is to look for the number on the outside of the computer then as long as you have that your have way there,if you ask some kind person who has a disc
and you can enter your number this way you just give the disc back when you have done .your number will be at the side or back of your computer .Kind Regards

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long shot
by shaybarry / September 30, 2005 6:36 AM PDT

Worth a quick try, tap F10 when your computer is booting up. If there is a Recovery Partition on your drive this should access it and you should be able to reintall, but I would go back to the shop to get your disc back!!

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