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XP System Discs

by cineramax / October 12, 2008 12:56 AM PDT

Hi I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a way round this problem. My pc will no longer boot up, and just asks me to insert the system discs. The problem is I don't have the system discs. When I put my pc in to a shop 2 years ago they never gave me the discs back. I've asked them several times for the discs but they just either ignore me or deny knowledge of them, so I can only assume they've lost them. Is there any way i can reboot the pc without these discs ? I do have Vista system discs for my laptop, would it be possible to install Vista instead on my pc ? I don't know much about this sort of thing. I also have a lot of photos on my pc and was wondering if it was possible to install Vista would they be lost. Thanks very for any help.

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If you had a Retail XP CD...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2008 1:33 AM PDT
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And if you registered it when you activated it then Microsoft charges a fraction of the cost of the replacement cost. Last time it was 35 bucks but call to get yours on the cheap.

These CDs were not copy protected so why not duplicate them this time around?

As to Vista, the driver headaches alone make me write "No."

As to saving your pictures, look up LIVE LINUX CD on google since we can boot those and copy our files out without having to learn Linux.

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by Jimmy Greystone / October 12, 2008 1:37 AM PDT
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Nope, and since you let this repair shop essentially steal your restore media, you're stuck. You can try contacting the computer manufacturer to see if you can purchase a set of replacements, but if not, you're on your own to buy a new set retail.

Aside from the laptop discs being tied to your laptop's hardware, it would be a license violation to install it on another system, ergo illegal.

Final bit of advice... Don't ever go back to that computer repair place again. It's an unfortunate reality that a number of places are less than honest. Swapping out expensive hardware for cheaper components, installing pirated software and all sorts of other things are entirely too common. Finding an honest computer repair shop is like finding an honest auto mechanic. A daunting and difficult task, but doable if you keep plugging away. And another small tip... Avoid big box retailer outfits like Best Buy's Geek Squad. It's a crap shoot whether or not you get someone who knows more about computers than you do, and their job is generally more to try and sell you a bunch of useless products and services than fix your computer.

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