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  I need a Windows XP disc 
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Ashley Elkin Feb 09, 2010, 02:57pm EST Report Abuse
I need a Windows XP disc to fix my computer. I got the NTLDR missing black screen and can't get it to do anything BUT that. I called some tech people and they said I need a Windows disc.......... But I was never given one to begin with. Anyone know how I can get one without having to pay for it?

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Michael C Feb 09, 2010, 03:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: I need a Windows XP disc
There's not really a way. You need an XP disc - that costs money. I have one lying around at home but if you never had one in the past I don't see how you are going to get one without buying it. Though if it's a Gateway, HP, Dell(etc..) they may provide you a CD if you ask them.

You could always 'download' it.. Otherwise, you can probably find it pretty cheap or see if you can borrow it from someone you know.

TamTheBam Feb 09, 2010, 07:07pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: I need a Windows XP disc

If you have the serial key. And you know your version. If it's Home or XP Pro.
The Download from a Torrent Site and use your key. Although most from Torrent Sites
are Corporate - in which case your CD Key will not work!

Surely you must have some friends who have OEM disks tht can allow you to backup
and use your own CD Key.

As for downloading for software from torrentsites. Well, if you have spent the money
already, and you can use your own original serial key, you aint exactly breaking the law
are you? If you think you were, then maybe you'd best not borrow a friends for back up
and installing with your CD key. Hmm lol! So what's it gonna be?!!

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Dublin_Gunner Feb 10, 2010, 09:12am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: I need a Windows XP disc
Just download the full XP + SP3 ISO - loads on the web and use your key. Nothing ilegal about that afaik.

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Meats_Of_Evil Feb 10, 2010, 10:03am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: I need a Windows XP disc
It can still be illegal. Depends on how Microsoft determines it. If they have written on the EULA agreement that you can't download it from a torrent site or other source that isn't their own even if you have the key then it is considered illegal.

But who cares really, pirated movies is the rage now. No one cares for an OS that will soon be unsupported from any updates and will probably keep selling for more than $100.

Download it I say! Oh and burn it to a cd so you can use it at any other time.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
john albrich Feb 11, 2010, 07:51pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: I need a Windows XP disc
Even though you weren't supplied any "restore" discs, you MAY have been provided a special "restore" partition on the hard drive that came with your computer. The user manual in that case would provide any info you need to restore your computer (or any needed files) from that special partition.

Note that it is possible that in the attempts to repair your system disk that all your data are destroyed or rendered unaccessible through normal means. If the disk has any data that are unique and critical to you, it's a very good practice to backup your hard drive BEFORE attempting ANY kind of repair or restoration.



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