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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rlancon, Sep 12, 2003.

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  1. rlancon

    rlancon Thread Starter

    Sep 12, 2003
    I apologize if this has already been posted but I did not see anything during a search. So evidently I am the only moron here <grin>

    I have lost my original XP upgrade disk for a windows machine I want to completely reformat.

    It was Win 98 on a Dell XPS 700 Machine I had purchased new.

    I upgraded to Xp when it came our, registered it, and it was a legal copy. I have no &#$# idea where I put the XP disk. Can I reinstall some kind of way by "borrowing" someone else’s and reinstalling using my original cdkey number (which I have off of the computer)?

    Mr. Bill has plenty of money and I just absolutely hate to spend another c-note for something I had already purchased....( Yes I am a dumn*ss for loosing it I know ) I had purchased a legal copy and registered it......Now the only way I know to reinstall is to buy another copy....which I am trying to avoid.

    thank you in advance

  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    The "CD Key" you have "off the computer" may not be the CD Key needed however?

    If you are referring to the Product ID (available on Control Panel - System info) then its not the Windows CD Key.

    CD Keys are not unique to each CD, if thats what you are meaning.
    So another key may work with your CD, but I am incertain if the CD Key is an integral part of the Activation code.
    If it is, you may have a problem (or the owner of the CD Key you used may have a problem if re-activation is needed)
  3. A Hawk

    A Hawk

    Feb 11, 2003
    If you format the drive the update version won't work, you'll need the full version of xp, or you'll have to install 98 first then use the update disc to install xp.:) Better off doing a clean install of xp off the full version disc.;)
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    If you have the CD-KEY, the one in the format xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx, you can use a copy of the CD and install your legal copy of XP. If you have a copy of the O/S you're upgrading from on CD, you can also do a clean XP install by just showing it the CD during the install process, there's no need to do an upgrade install.
  5. Swiper


    Mar 13, 2003
    If you have a DELL computer, then you should have a " RECOVERY " CD provided by DELL that includes the operating system and all the fine software they provide.(LOL)
    When you run through the RECOVERY cd's, it will format and reinstall XP onto your computer to the same state and when you originally purchased the computer.
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