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Possible to download Windows XP for re-install?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bonkk, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. bonkk

    bonkk Flightless Bird

    Lately my computer has been showing a small black screen for a second or two,
    and freezing on occasion.. I have a Dell Computer with Windows XP
    professional ver 2002.. I called Dell, and was told that it didn't seem like
    a hardware problem, but more like Windows was corrupted, and advised to
    re-install Windows.. Problem is for some reason, I can not find my windows
    disk.. Does anyone know if there is somewhere I can download it??? They must
    know I have a legal copy,as they keep sending me updates...
     
  2. sgopus

    sgopus Flightless Bird

    Nope, have to buy one.

    "bonkk" wrote:

    > Lately my computer has been showing a small black screen for a second or two,
    > and freezing on occasion.. I have a Dell Computer with Windows XP
    > professional ver 2002.. I called Dell, and was told that it didn't seem like
    > a hardware problem, but more like Windows was corrupted, and advised to
    > re-install Windows.. Problem is for some reason, I can not find my windows
    > disk.. Does anyone know if there is somewhere I can download it??? They must
    > know I have a legal copy,as they keep sending me updates...
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    No, you cannot "download WinXP for re-install." Contact Dell Support for
    replacement disks or check to see if your computer has a hidden Recovery
    partition.


    bonkk wrote:
    > Lately my computer has been showing a small black screen for a second or
    > two, and freezing on occasion.. I have a Dell Computer with Windows XP
    > professional ver 2002.. I called Dell, and was told that it didn't seem
    > like
    > a hardware problem, but more like Windows was corrupted, and advised to
    > re-install Windows.. Problem is for some reason, I can not find my windows
    > disk.. Does anyone know if there is somewhere I can download it??? They
    > must know I have a legal copy,as they keep sending me updates...
     
  4. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    bonkk wrote:
    > Lately my computer has been showing a small black screen for a second
    > or two, and freezing on occasion.. I have a Dell Computer with
    > Windows XP professional ver 2002.. I called Dell, and was told that
    > it didn't seem like a hardware problem, but more like Windows was
    > corrupted, and advised to re-install Windows.. Problem is for some
    > reason, I can not find my windows disk.


    Not all Dells came with CDs. Did yours?

    If not, you might have a hidden restore partition, accessible at bootup
    (before Windows loads) by pressing Ctrl+F11. More info:

    http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/

    If you did lose the CD, contact Dell. They might be able to sell you a
    replacement for a nominal fee. Otherwise, these Dell CDs are ubiquitous.
    Perhaps you can borrow one from an acquaintance. I've seen them for sale
    by dealers at Amazon and for auction by dealers at Ebay. As long as you
    do business with a reputable dealer with high ratings, you'll be fine.

    > Does anyone know if there is
    > somewhere I can download it???


    Sure. Torrents exist all over the place. But mixed in with these legit
    images are ones riddled with malware. So I cannot recommend this method
    for you. Basically, if you don't where they can be found, you won't be
    sophisticated enough to be able to tell the difference and thus avoid
    the bad stuff.

    Your best bet is to borrow a Dell CD form an acquanintance and make a
    copy. Yes, this is legal since you do own the license. Just make sure
    the CD matches the type of XP indicated on your Certificate of
    Authenticity (COA) sticker (presumably XP Pro). Otherwise, contact Dell
    or look at Ebay or Amazon.

    That being said, the possibility of a hardware problem still exists! For
    more info, have a look here:

    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Hardware_Tshoot
     

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