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As per my previous topics on this site, I have fried my Hard Drive, however as you will appreciate I want to get back up and running on XP however I dont have the disk, I have bought a new Hard Drive (well second-hand) and I have my XP Keycode from the side of my PC but I do not have the Disk...what should I do or is there anything I can do?

Im not sure if this is legal or not so apologies in advance.
 
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What brand is the pc . . most of the OEM's will sell a replacement CD if you ask nicely
 

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Thats the thing, Its one that was made for me by a friend so no specific manufacturer as you can imagine....The only thing I had to buy at the Time was the XP O/S
 
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Well . . you are going to have to get a XP install disc . . either from the friend, or buy one
 

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If it was an original Microsoft CD and not one from a computer brand (ie dell) then you will can use another disc from a friend / family etc, providing that it's the same as your one. The reason is that the CD-KEY is specific to the type of XP. For example, my CD-KEY will work on discs that are in volume use (educational). I cannot use the original XP HOME or XP PRO (which what mine is, but educational/MSDNAA version). One way to find out for future reference is when you put the CD in, in My Computer you will see on the CD icon a label of the disc. This is usually say WINXPHOME, WINXPPRO, or WINXPVOL. That's how you would know which CD-KEY to use. (Note that I'm guessing on what the labels are but it's pretty close :D)
 

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Tidus4Yuna said:
If it was an original Microsoft CD and not one from a computer brand (ie dell) then you will can use another disc from a friend / family etc, providing that it's the same as your one. The reason is that the CD-KEY is specific to the type of XP. For example, my CD-KEY will work on discs that are in volume use (educational). I cannot use the original XP HOME or XP PRO (which what mine is, but educational/MSDNAA version). One way to find out for future reference is when you put the CD in, in My Computer you will see on the CD icon a label of the disc. This is usually say WINXPHOME, WINXPPRO, or WINXPVOL. That's how you would know which CD-KEY to use. (Note that I'm guessing on what the labels are but it's pretty close :D)
It is the XP Pro one I have and thankfully it was not Brand Specific. The only thing now is finding a friend with an XP Pro Disk....

Thanks mate(y)
 

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[scoff]It's great to be a student... I get it for free :D[/scoff]

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