I have an older Gateway Desktop that I wanted to use as a server. It has a bunch of junk including malware and who knows what on it. I was trying to just re-install the OS in order to just wipe it clean and start over. I have done this several times to this PC in the past with satisfactory results. The problem I am having is the recovery disc seems to be damaged and it cannot be read by my DVD drive. I have the "Product ID" and Product Key" numbers documented. The original "Genuine Windows XP Home Edition" sticker is still on the back. Is there a way for me to re-installed the OS using what I have, or should I buy a new recovery disc. I have seen what seems to be the exact recovery disc that I have for sale a few weeks ago but held off on buying it.
I cannot boot to windows because it is locked in a state where it is asking for a password at login. I never set a password so I don't have a password to enter. I have tried entering nothing and other default type passwords with no results. I have tried starting in safe mode-nothing different.
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.