A few months ago I brought an older Compaq Evo from eBay, the hard drive had been wiped and a copy of XP Pro installed as it was an ex-business computer. I now want to reinstall Windows on it but I cannot figure out how since I was not sent any CDs and I cannot see any recovery partitions, is there any way I can without buying a new copy of Windows? Thank You.
Answer by Alastor Moody · Oct 21, 2010 at 04:34 PM
You can check on the tower itself if there is a certificate of authentication, which includes a product key. If you can see the full key, it'll allow you to install the version of Windows it belongs to. You can call Microsoft and ask for a Windows XP CD matching the product key and they'll likely send you one after you explain your situation. If this fails however, you can always go to ebay or newegg, and purchase a copy of Windows XP relatively cheap.
Answer by Gorkon5567 · Oct 21, 2010 at 04:38 PM
You can always borrow a copy from a friend. As long as you use your own CD-key from the tower, it's all good legally and morally. Alternatively, if you find the install disk online for download and still use your legitimate CD-key from the computer, that is legal as well since you own that product key.
Answer by thecomputergeek01 · Oct 21, 2010 at 05:07 PM
If you need to desperately reinstall then I would recommend you buying the CD - But you don't want the CD do you?? So I would think that on your tower or laptop there is a product key - Well here are the steps and please don't pirate it;
Look on your tower or laptop for the serial key
Phone Microsoft or go to your store with either a picture with you and the CD (for proof) or package the tower or the laptop and take it there
Tell them that you want a fresh install for Windows
They should either give you a disc or send you one
Thanks for posting though.
Answer by Josh_M · Oct 21, 2010 at 06:10 PM
Answer by geekomatic · Oct 21, 2010 at 08:56 PM
Don't forget- even if you do get your copy of XP, you will only have the OS. Be sure to check the Compaq site before you reinstall to download the system drivers and get them onto CD/external drive so that you have them. I would also go to majorgeeks.com and get Avira antivirus, VLC media player, & Firefox. Lastly, don't forget Adobe reader/flashplayer/shockwave as well as Quicktime & Java.
Cheers & good luck!
Answer by Razor512 · Oct 21, 2010 at 09:38 PM
make sure you keep a copy of the serial number.
after that, download a copy of windows xp pro http://www.tipandtrick.net/2008/download-unmodified-original-windows-xp-with-sp3-integrated-full-retail-and-vl-install-cd-iso-image-from-msdntechnet-plus-via-http-or-torrent/
download and burn it to a cd then use the serial that came with the PC