How many Recovery CD's are needed for Windows XP Home?

plodr

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I'm not sure if XP will boot from a CD. In the dim recesses of my mind I remember something about needing a boot floppy that had the driver for the CD drive (Oak something) so it would be bootable.

The recovery partition did not become corrupt. The OP destroyed it doing a clean install of Windows 7. A clean install overwrote the recovery partition. It no longer exists.
If the CD depends on a recovery partition to do its work, and the recovery partition is gone, the CD isn't going to work.

My advice: skip trying to reinstall XP. You have a working computer. Granted it is very slow but at least it works.

Try to increase the RAM if possible to make it a bit faster. I'm not sure what the maximum RAM is for that ancient of a computer.

This is the only thing I'll post on your issue.
 

flavallee

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Those CD's are dated September 2001 (when Windows XP was originally released), so CD1 does not contain a service pack.

Once you boot from CD1, the hard drive wipe and factory reset process should start.

CD2 should contain the device drivers and any optional apps and tools.

I also agree we're going around in circles here, so I'm also going to remove myself from this thread.

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Krish108

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I am confused because neither CD1 or CD2 contain any setup files OR drivers.
 

TerryNet

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Maybe they are Recovery CDs. Were you able to boot to the first one? If so, what were the choices given?

I never had XP Recovery CDs, but know that Vista, 7 and 8.1 Recovery DVDs are bootable (the first one) and don't explicitly have setup or driver files.
 

Krish108

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I was able to boot in to the first one. The only choice was to "Restore Windows XP back to factory condition and reinstall all applications and drivers"
 

TerryNet

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Verification that at least the first (and surely the second) is a Recovery CD.
 

Couriant

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I am confused because neither CD1 or CD2 contain any setup files OR drivers.
If i remember correctly, oem recovery CDs don't have the files as you would normally see; it's proprietary to the machine for it to read... but that was a long, long, long time ago.
 

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