Reinstall XP From Other than The Original Disk?



Gary Brown
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the CD.
Can she do so from another CD?

Thanks,
Gary

jeridbohmann
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
As long as she has a unique key. She still has the product key on her PC?
Plus...don't quote me on this, If her PC came with XP Home (not upgrade) She
might have to use another OEM CD for Home.

"Gary Brown" wrote:

> My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the CD.
> Can she do so from another CD?
>
> Thanks,
> Gary
>
>
>

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
Gary Brown wrote:
> My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the CD.
> Can she do so from another CD?
>
> Thanks,
> Gary

Gary, as pointed out by another poster, this is a little complicated at
times.
If the XP Home was purchased as a disk, and not preinstalled, then any XP
Home full retail disk will be indistinguishable for purposes of activation.
The Product Key is the irreplaceable part. If the lost disk was an Upgrade
version, then that aspect much match. If the lost disk was a system-builder
OEM copy of XP, then that must match the replacement disk.

If XP Home came with a manufacturer's OEM disk (which is the case for most
brand-name non-Dell machines), then she ought to approach the manufacturer
for a replacement.

If it turns out that there never was a disk, then there is a hidden
restoration partition on the computer's hard drive. She may consult her
computer manual for that particular manufacturer's method of restoration.

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
In news:u99yUnWXFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Gary Brown <garyjbrown@charter.net> typed:

> My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the
> CD.
> Can she do so from another CD?



Yes, as long it's a CD of the same type (Professional vs Home;
Retail vs OEM; Full vs Upgrade).

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup

Clayton
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
And further to that, if the CD is either non service pack or sp1. If you
use a sp2 cd to install and use the key on the side of the pc it may not
work as it might be a non sp or sp1 cd key.


"Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
news:%23FcQ%23oXXFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> In news:u99yUnWXFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
> Gary Brown <garyjbrown@charter.net> typed:
>
>> My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the CD.
>> Can she do so from another CD?
>
>
>
> Yes, as long it's a CD of the same type (Professional vs Home; Retail vs
> OEM; Full vs Upgrade).
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>

Kinell
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
"Clayton" <claytonbNOSPAM@xtra.co.nz> wrote in
news:uWF8KsYXFHA.1148@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl:

> And further to that, if the CD is either non service pack or
> sp1. If you use a sp2 cd to install and use the key on the side
> of the pc it may not work as it might be a non sp or sp1 cd key.
>

Nonsense. The product key is not related to the SP level.

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
I believe that if what you say is true, then a new Product Key would be
needed each time a new service pack is added to one's "basic" XP.

wrote:
> And further to that, if the CD is either non service pack or sp1. If
> you use a sp2 cd to install and use the key on the side of the pc it
> may not work as it might be a non sp or sp1 cd key.
>
>
> "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
> news:%23FcQ%23oXXFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> In news:u99yUnWXFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
>> Gary Brown <garyjbrown@charter.net> typed:
>>
>>> My ex needs to reinstall her OS (XP home) but can't find the CD.
>>> Can she do so from another CD?
>>
>>
>>
>> Yes, as long it's a CD of the same type (Professional vs Home;
>> Retail vs OEM; Full vs Upgrade).
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup


Reinstall XP From Other than The Original Disk?