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Old 05-08-04, 07:31 PM
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How to re-install Windows? (newbie)

I'm not tremendously tech savy, but bare with me. When I bought my computer, it didn't come with a boot cd or anything like that. I think the makers were really adamant about the system restore thing. But anyway, (yes, legally) how do I restore Windows if something should happen? One time, I was missing a .dll, and had to have a friend fix it so I could get Windows to load. I'm not even sure if he did it legally, which scares me. I'm pretty sure if Windows corrupts somehow, it's legal to restore it? (right?) I've got a couple CDs I was given, but I'm not gonna use them, I think they are bootlegs, because the friend who have them to me haven't even seen my system, yet he has a "magic" fix all? So, could I make a boot cd from my system now? Thanks in advance, I know this is ridiculously newbie to some of you.

Also, a friend gave me a program that scanned my system for my key and gave me a key. I'm not sure if this is legal.

Seriously, I won't legal advice to what I'm allowed and not allowed to do.

Thanks in advance for any help and this long read.
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Old 05-08-04, 08:45 PM
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hey ty, Isn't there a sticker on your pc with a cd-key number? what os?
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Old 05-09-04, 02:59 AM
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Old 05-09-04, 09:06 AM
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Crap, I'm an idiot. XP. I just read Twikoff's post telling me to specify my OS.

And no, there is no sticker anywhere on it, telling me the number.

It's a HP bought from Wal-mart, I don't know if that has something to do with it.

Damn, I'm sorry for not saying XP to begin with and wasting people's time.

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Old 05-09-04, 02:34 PM
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Do you think HP copied the install files to the hard drive? Could be under some folder called CABS. You could find a file called cdimage pro via google to make the bootable cd.
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Old 05-10-04, 03:05 PM
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I'm a bit surprised that a new computer would not come with with any type of system restoration CD. I would recommend contacting HP to explain your situation and see if they'd be willing to send you out a system restoration CD to you.

What's also suspicious is the fact that the machine didn't even have a Product ID sticker for Windows XP. Without that, the system restoration CD would most likely be useless.
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Old 05-10-04, 05:31 PM
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The latest Sony VAIO laptops I bought require you to create the restore discs yourself, with 7-8 CD's or 2 DVD's (with the appropriate burner).
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