The laptop will be an OEM version and will be different from the desktop. The product ID code needed during the installation isn't going to work when doing a repair installation. Your options are to contact the laptop manufacturer for recovery disks or to do a fresh installation with a full version of XP that's not currently in use on another machine. What comes from the manufacturer will have the needed drivers for your laptop. What comes from a retail establishment will not. You'd still need to acquire the drivers from the laptop manufacturer's web site or from the those who made individual components such as audio, video, network etc. The MB chipset would be critical and probably only available from the laptop manufacturer.
I need to do a Windows XP repair on my laptop. I do not have the original disc but do have a genuine version for my Desk top.
Can I use this disc to do a repair?
If not can I use it (legally) to start again?