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Old 08-09-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Accidently wiped XP from hard drive - please help

I had problems with my laptop software operating sytem and thought the best way to sort out problem would be too reformat hard drive and reinstall operating system. Unfortuantley the laptop I brought didn't come with a recovery disk or drivers disk and now I am stuck with unusable laptop (no o/s or drivers).


I consulted the shop I brought it from about the matter and they said I should have done a recovery disk when I first used the computer. I was not aware of this situation.

I tried to install a Ubunty freeware operating system but too no such luck. Also I think the laptop needs XP installed in order to get drivesr off website and use them as the info for driver says its for the laptop with Xp.

I am not keen on buying another oem XP as why should I have too pay twice for an 0/S when I have alreeady paid for one.

I was under impression that by law the computer should have a disk version of XP with computer.

What should I do?
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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Look on the computer somewhere and see if it has a sticker with an XP OEM number on it. If it does, all you need to do is use any XP installation disc and just put in the OEM on the sticker and you'll be good. it'll get you up and running and then you can update the drivers from there.
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Do you even have an XP installation disk?
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:52 PM   #4
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is an installation disk different to a opertaing system disk?
if not where can I get a xp install disk from?
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Eh, I guess they could be the same thing. What you need is a disk explicitly labeled "Windows XP". If you have a disk like that, then you are in business as long as you have a OEM number on the bottom of your laptop like Tommy Boy said.
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is an installation disk different to a opertaing system disk?
Should be the same.

To install XP, you will need to enter the BIOS and set the boot order to CDROM first. Another way to try is to have the OS CD in the drive and while booting up, press the F12 key. That should get you into a menu to select the CDROM as the first boot device.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:36 PM   #7
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I have another laptop with a XP O/S AND it came with a Easy Install XP disc (software, drivers a recovery boot cd) although the disk is for that laptop with a different make and model number. I have am now in process of installing XP o/s and will try and use the product acitavation number for the computer I was going to install it on. Although I thought the disk knows that it is for the other computer and will have activation issues when it finds out the activation key is different.

have gone through install XP stages and about 60% of the way through a message has come up that there was a Fatal Error (signature invalid - error code 800b0100). i tried too reinstall o/s but have encountered same problems. what do I do now?

i real feel like cooking my laptop in a micorwave because none of the xp install disks are working and neither does the other disk (no recovery data found)!!!!! ARGGHHH!!!!!

How set in stone is the requirement for needing Xp to install drivers..... actually I think I know because i have already tried to do that with Win 2000 installled to free up some system resources but I did not successfully complete the tasks.

I think it was down to the fact that the laptop had XP preinstalled on it when purchased and the drivers were built around that o/s.

does anyone have any better ideas?
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Yeah, you can't use one of those recovery discs that are meant for another computer, it will work on that computer only. You need an actual XP install disc, any one will work as long as you have an OEM number for the pc you are installing it on. If you don't have a disc, you could borrow one from a friend or even download (cough cough....it's legal) windows xp without an oem number.

You never said whether you have an oem number for that pc or not.
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Also there is no law that says they have to supply a disc with the computer.
A lot of the laptop makers in recent years have turned to having the end user, that's you, burn your own recovery disc's. Saves them money. HP is that way. As a matter of fact I cloned my recovery partition off to another hard drive, then made the recovery disc set.
In essence you're dead in the water unless you can either get a OEM copy of xp or get the laptop maker to send you a recovery disc set. Which will not be a freebie.

@ Tommy Boy. It's on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop. Genuine Microsoft Product.
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What exactly happened with Ubuntu? Maybe we could help you with that.
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If he could tell us what make and model it is we might be able to find a disc set.
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After nearlly chucking the laptop in a micorwave and asking if it had any last requests it said:
'dont, please just try again with install disc'
So I quickly pulled out an old XP install disc and slipped it into the laptop. The laptop put a little smile on its face and happily installed XP. My friendship with the laptop has now been revitlaised. Oil has been chucked on the flames - as opposed to chucking water on the flames.

After several attempts the o/s was installed. I am now wondering if there is a hard drive issue and was wondering what checks i could carry out? Anyone have any ideas?

ANyhow, the laptop seems to now be refusing the install of SP2. Some kind off file corruption. Have tried this several times but to no such luck. The SP2 issue is quiete annoying because I think that needs to be installed in order to sort out drivers.

That is another story too. The drivers which I have downloaded from the manufacturers webiste for my make and model seem to be playing havoc with computer. maybe this is down to the SP2 issue so I think I need to address this matter first. Any suggestions?
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Download SP2 again and try again.
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also the stand by button is mising on the shut down screen (which also means the hibernate button) missing too

I have attempted install of SP2 several times now from a seperate SP2 disc. Keeps stating about file corruption.
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What does everyone think about me buying the same laptop again on ebay second hand and then doing a recovery disk from that laptop and backing up the drivers using Drivemax software download from Cnet (it worked for another computer I have).

I could then install the recovery disk to my faulty computer and then install the drivers with drivemax. Or should I just throw in the towel and take it to a computer shop and see what they can do with fixing it
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Any input on the previous reply would be great.
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You shouldnt have to buy a whole new laptop! You can download an ISO of XP - As long as it's not cracked or modified... then you should be OK. Even though it should be legal-ish, im not going to give a download link, just incase.
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You shouldnt have to buy a whole new laptop! You can download an ISO of XP - As long as it's not cracked or modified... then you should be OK. Even though it should be legal-ish, im not going to give a download link, just incase.
Yup, won't take but only 20-30 minutes of your time.
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Yup, won't take but only 20-30 minutes of your time.
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Are you promoting Foxytunes by including the link in your posts celegorm? Is that kosher with the forum rules?
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