I've lost my XP disc

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aimeelou

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site, but have been looking around and have already learned loads. Great place to be.

I was all set to do a back-up when disaster struck. I can't find my original XP disc. :( So, can I create a back-up without the disc or would microsoft send me a replacement XP disc (yeah, right)- I did register it with the ms site.

Oh, my OS is XP Home, service pack 2.

I'm a bit of a dinosaur as far as the PC is concerned, so step-by-step advice would really be appreciated.

Thanks.:D
 
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it depends on your computers origninal cd. If its an OEM version (came with your computer), you have to call your manufacturer to order another disc(or pay full price). If its not OEM, you can call microsoft.
 

aimeelou

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I don't think it's OEM. It didn't come ready installed and I had to pay extra for it.
 
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aimeelou said:
I don't think it's OEM. It didn't come ready installed and I had to pay extra for it.
you should prolly call microsoft. I'm not totally sure, but I think they will send you another one at a discounted charge (less then retail). I pretty sure that it isnt free however
 

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Thank you both for your help.

The new disc might have to wait. Bill Gates had enough of my money at christmas (Santa bought my son a PC - expensive but preferable to a PS2).

I'll definitely try that link. I suppose the next job is to find out just how one actually uses this back-up utility!
 

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I do not recommend using Windows backup utility. The files generated can only be accessed on computers with the same OS that the backup was created with. If you only need to back up data, just copy that off to CDs, DVDs, or an external hard drive. Then you can access them from any system at any time.

You didn't really explain where your Windows license came from. You said you paid extra. Where did you buy your computer? Do you remember anything about the disk you paid extra to get? Unless it was a retail copy, you'd have to contact the computer manufacturer.
 
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The phone number to obtain a replacement cd is, (800) 360-7561, I am sure the cost for a replacement cd is very minimal, probably less than $20 shipped. You are only paying for the cost of a CD not a whole new license. Here is also a link that will explain a little more. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[ln];326246
 

aimeelou

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Hi guys,
Sorry it's taken me a little while to get back, people to see, dogs to feed and all that.

Doublehelix:
Yes, I will copy all my data onto seperate discs. However, I do still want a disc - my PC has become very clogged through programmes I have downloaded then uninstalled etc., I am trying to tidy everything up, but there is so much I can't identify or seems to be in the wrong place that I need the security of the disc should it all go wrong.
With regards to the license: I bought just the tower as I already had a PC but the motherboard died. The guy at the shop (a small independant store) assumed I already had an XP disc from my previous PC until I explained that I had bought it second hand, with XP already installed and never had a disc. So he explained I would have to buy a new disc for £70 which he supplied me with when I collected the new tower. I don't know whether that makes it any clearer?

cmw2010:
Unfortunately, I live in ol' Blighty, so I hope I don't have to ring America. However I do appreciate your help and will use the link to see if I can locate a UK telephone number. I have a feeling it will cost more than £12 ($20) as we're ripped off here in the UK ( I know, woe is me), but you never know. If it is that price, I think I could empty my piggy bank.

Thanks again. I'll keep you posted.
 

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Given that you purchased a disk from a small computer shop, it's impossible to say what type of license you purchased. Some such shops sell OEM disks. Those can't be replaced by Microsoft. Do you have a receipt showing what you paid 70 pounds for? You cannot get anything from Microsoft without proof of purchase, so you'll need some type of receipt.
 

aimeelou

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Do you know what - I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet, swallow my pride and actually ring the guy in the shop.

You may wonder why I didn't just contact him in the first place, so, cards on the table - I actually know him and every problem I've had with my PC I've been on the phone to him, only to find out that invariably, it's something I have done that has caused the problem.
So, my New Years resolution was to learn how to properly do things on my PC istead of going off half-cocked, thinking I knew what I was doing and making problems worse than before.

I hope you don't feel as if I've wasted your time, I really do want to learn as much as I can and hope to become a regular member of the site. :eek:

I really appreciate the help I've received and will get back to you if and when this matter is resolved.

Thanks again.

aimeelou
 
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aimeelou said:
I hope you don't feel as if I've wasted your time, I really do want to learn as much as I can and hope to become a regular member of the site.
It's never a waste of time to be able to help someone with a problem they are having. :)
 
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