Clean install needed but no XP cd

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monstermunch

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Hi There

When I bought my PC (about 3 years ago) Windows XP was pre-installed. There's a Windows XP licence number on a sticker attached to the case and I have a Windows XP 'recovery cd' that came with the PC.

My system is really slowing down and I'd like to perform a clean install i.e. format hard drive and install everything from scratch, but I don't think I can do this without a Windows XP cd. Is that correct? I've tried the recovery cd but it doesn't give me any re-installation options.

If I do need a windows xp cd do I just need the media or would I also need a licence?

Thanks, MM
 
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Hi,

Presuming you bought this off the shelf new from a recognized retailer, what you have is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of XP. Any old XP CD won't work. It's possible to make one for your system, but I would get banned for saying how.
Take a look again at the Restore CD. It should have an option to restore to "Factory". Manufactuters are obliged to provide this ability.
 
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I believe your recovery cd is designed to be Booted.
have you try rebooting your PC with the disc in the drive?
 

monstermunch

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Yes I bought it new from Savastore here in the UK.

When I start the PC as normal and get to the windows xp desktop, then insert xp recovery cd, it auto-starts and gives me several options. I can't remember exactly what they are off the top of my head but the only one that looked relevant was 'install XP'. When I tried that it said 'you already have the most recent version of windows installed' and wouldn't let me progress any further. I will have a look tonight and make a note of all the options that are given.

RE: boot disc. I have tried booting with the XP recovery cd in the cd tray but nothing happens. It just starts as normal and takes me to XP desktop. Would I need to change the boot order in the BIOS?
 
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