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    how to redownload an OEM of windows xp?

    i wanna reinstall the OS of my notebook which is a windows xp. i still have the product key intact. how do i redownload an authentic windows xp?
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    To use that key, you would need to use the disk that came with the system. If you don't have a restore partition or the original disks, you will have to contact the manufacturer.
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    it didnt come with a disk. can i <snip>? or is it a bad idea? this notebook was bought last 2009, do you think the manufacturer will still assist me with it?
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    This is the second time I've had to edit your posts because it breaks the rules. You seriously need to read the forum rules.

    You need the restore disks, which the manufacturer may or may not have -- I have no way of knowing this. Discussion of anything "else" is not allowed and against the forum rules.
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    sorry about that. thanks anyway..
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    Download the manual from official manufacturer web site, it should tell you how to restore the OS from the restore partition on the hard drive if there is one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c627627 View Post
    Download the manual from official manufacturer web site, it should tell you how to restore the OS from the restore partition on the hard drive if there is one.
    thanks! will do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by little100 View Post
    wish you were able to get it worked out!
    thanks!!!
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    FWIW, I've used generic OEM CDs to reinstall Windows XP on countless commercial OEM machines (Dell, HP, Gateway, ad nauseum...) Never had an issue. The only caveat is that you need to have the version (pre/post SP2) which matches your key (yours is almost certainly post-SP2). See if a local shop/friend might lend you a disk; XP is so out of date, they might just give you one so that they don't have to toss it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hafa View Post
    FWIW, I've used generic OEM CDs to reinstall Windows XP on countless commercial OEM machines (Dell, HP, Gateway, ad nauseum...) Never had an issue. The only caveat is that you need to have the version (pre/post SP2) which matches your key (yours is almost certainly post-SP2). See if a local shop/friend might lend you a disk; XP is so out of date, they might just give you one so that they don't have to toss it out.
    i still have the key intact. btw it doesn't have a optical drive (a small notebook) i think it prefers a USB boot rather than an external optical drive..
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    Quote Originally Posted by raident30 View Post
    i still have the key intact. btw it doesn't have a optical drive (a small notebook) i think it prefers a USB boot rather than an external optical drive..
    Not a problem, but you'll still need the install disk. Here's a step-by-step guide to installing Windows from a USB drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hafa View Post
    Not a problem, but you'll still need the install disk. Here's a step-by-step guide to installing Windows from a USB drive.
    thanks man! this is a great help
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