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01-Oct-2007, 09:58 AM #1
No operating system disks - what to do
I am thinking of buying a second hand PC, only problem is in the advert it says that it has windows XP pro loaded onto the system but that they are not selling the license/product key with the computer so the OS should be taken off upon receipt of the PC.

Im just wondering how i go about installing my own OS onto it (or can you really just leave the previous one on there?)

I can't really afford to go and buy a new full Windows XP CD, would the XP upgrade CD work instead - or do i need the previous product key to load it?

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01-Oct-2007, 10:12 AM #2
not all might be lost ... is it an OEM (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.)?

can you locate a folder i386 on your system?
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01-Oct-2007, 10:29 AM #3
Sorry im a bit of a newbie to this techie stuff...Erm its a Mesh computer I think.

As far as locating the file goes, i havent actually got the PC - im just thinking of getting it and wanted to see if the OS problem could be sorted out before comitting to buying.

The only operating system CD i have is for Windows 98.
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01-Oct-2007, 11:29 AM #4
If they sell you the PC with an OS on it and do not supply the install disk they are selling you an illegal OS, the computer has to come either with NO OS or if it has an OS on it then it has to have the product ID and the disk with it.
Personally I would stay away from this one and let the sell it to someone else.

Keep an eye out in the Officemax sale adds you can usually find a good computer that will sell between $300.00 to $400.00 and it will come with a most important item = a warranty!!!
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01-Oct-2007, 12:01 PM #5
could I not just format the hard drive and put my own OS on?
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02-Oct-2007, 04:24 AM #6
of course.
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