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    Help! My XP disc is damanged

    Hello guys, After taking a long hiatus from the forum due to life issues I have returned with a new project. My problem is my system is now rebooting itself at start-up. I was trying to boot to the disc (xp) but my little crumb snatcher has been using it as a mirror and has ruined it. Any suggestions on where to buy or fix or.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramanator View Post
    Hello guys, After taking a long hiatus from the forum due to life issues I have returned with a new project. My problem is my system is now rebooting itself at start-up. I was trying to boot to the disc (xp) but my little crumb snatcher has been using it as a mirror and has ruined it. Any suggestions on where to buy or fix or.....

    Thanks guys
    If you know someone that has a disc, you can use theirs and use your product key. If I remember, the disc is transferable, but the key is tied to the computer or hard drive.

    Check eBay also for "Windows XP Install disc"

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    i usually take note of the cd-key service pack, if possible, and then download the disc from a torrent site(i can never find my disc when i need it). the discs are all generic, and always require the cd key, so i don't think that part is illegal(i believe this would all become illegal when you don't have a legal cd-key that you purchased). you might also be able to request a new disc from microsoft..

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    Thanks for your reply Soundman,
    But, what is a cd-key service pack? I googled it and came up with something (i think) unrelated to what you are referring.
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    actually, now that i think about it, the service pack would be listed on the cd...

    xp has 3, or possibly 4 now(my last xp-cd was a sp3 disc) service packs that windows released-- patch updates in bulk form--to correct bugs in the software.

    it might jsut be easier to try contacting micro$oft..

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    interesting. Just in case MS is not helpful, is their a way to recover the files off of the hard drive?
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    Yes - with another PC and appropriate software.

    Don't tell me you have only a single drive/partition - ie, the C: drive with all your data...


    PS - if partitioned, the non-C: drive should be ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i usually take note of the cd-key service pack, if possible, and then download the disc from a torrent site(i can never find my disc when i need it). the discs are all generic, and always require the cd key, so i don't think that part is illegal(i believe this would all become illegal when you don't have a legal cd-key that you purchased). you might also be able to request a new disc from microsoft..
    For windows XP Home and Pro, the service pack level does not matter. A CD key for XP Pro will also work with XP Pro SP2 and XP Pro SP3. The only time I've ever seen this as an issue is with VLK keys that have been blacklisted. If doing a repair of XP off the disc, just make sure to service pack back up to where you were before, otherwise quite a bit of windows will be broken. Now doing a repair install of Vista is a different story... and windows 7 will probably follow suit. (With Vista, the disc you use to repair has to match the service pack level currently installed)

    However, what will matter is the type of key you have. You cannot install an OEM copy of XP with a retail key, or vice versa. PM me if you need help locating the correct disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    For windows XP Home and Pro, the service pack level does not matter. A CD key for XP Pro will also work with XP Pro SP2 and XP Pro SP3. ... If doing a repair of XP off the disc, just make sure to service pack back up to where you were before, otherwise quite a bit of windows will be broken.
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    However, what will matter is the type of key you have. You cannot install an OEM copy of XP with a retail key, or vice versa. PM me if you need help locating the correct disc.
    I may be of some assistance as well. I have a copy of almost every type of XP disc you can imagine. (Corporate)VLK, Home, Pro... (I work with many different types of customers, I need these things. )

    As long as you use your product key, the only thing that matters disc-wise is matching the disc's edition with the one your product key is meant to install.
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    Update:

    I was able to get the disc to run, during the boot -up I hit F11 (me thinks) and it went to an install screen where I had the option to hit "R" for repair it appears that it loaded some drivers and such then it asks to type "exit" to run windows and the darn things still rebooting. Have I done something wrong?
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