Get copy of WinXP if no CD?



DesignGuy
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP - legally- on a computer without
having the original CD that came with the machine?

Do you use any WinXP CD and then enter the serial number that is sometimes
on a sticker on the side of the computer case, or is there another method?

R. McCarty
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
Windows XP has "Families" of CD types, Retail, OEM and VLK
(Volume License Key, sometimes referred to as Corporate XP).
Keys are designed to work only with the matching CD-ROM type.

If your system has a complete i386 folder, which many OEM's
place on the System Partition it is possible to build an installation
CD. It will not be bootable, but you can download and use a set
of XP Boot Floppies to initiate the install and transfer the install
process to the i386 folder on the CD-R disk. The i386 folder will
have ~520+ Megabytes of content, containing 5000 or more files
and sub-folders. This number will vary depending on how the
OEM has modified the content.

"DesignGuy" <dontbother@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:5Mone.367$_o.214@attbi_s71...
> Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP - legally- on a computer without
> having the original CD that came with the machine?
>
> Do you use any WinXP CD and then enter the serial number that is sometimes
> on a sticker on the side of the computer case, or is there another method?
>
>
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
In news:5Mone.367$_o.214@attbi_s71,
DesignGuy <dontbother@nowhere.com> typed:

> Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP - legally- on a computer
> without having the original CD that came with the machine?


Yes, the CD isn't important. It's the product key that identifies
your license.


> Do you use any WinXP CD and then enter the serial number that
> is
> sometimes on a sticker on the side of the computer case, or is
> there
> another method?


Not quite. You have to use a CD of the same type as yours: Home
vs Professional, Generic OEM vs Retail, Full vs Upgrade. The
wrong type won't work. Also if yours is an OEM version, it may
not be generic, but may be customized for your machine. In that
case, another one won't work either.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Ghostrider
07-09-2005, 11:55 PM
DesignGuy wrote:
> Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP - legally- on a computer without
> having the original CD that came with the machine?
>
> Do you use any WinXP CD and then enter the serial number that is sometimes
> on a sticker on the side of the computer case, or is there another method?


Certainly, based on a volume license. The installation files
are copied to the HD. Administration keeps track of the number
of Windows XP installed and bookkeeps according to number of
licenses bought.


Get copy of WinXP if no CD?