True, what Robert said. There's plenty of places to download for free, but it wouldn't be legal. But if you have purchased the disk before and just lost it or something, then it might be legal to download a copy somewhere (like a torrent site or something).
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Go to the laptop maker's web site and look for a restore CD.
If you don't find one there, send them an email and explain your problem.
A Google search with the laptop make and model and the words "restore CD" might work.
Last resort is format the hard drive and re-install the Operating system.
Most laptops do not come with an OS cd, but the license key is on the bottom.
Here is a link to various Windows operating systems you can use with your CD key.
Download the appropriate Windows 7 .ISO file which includes Service Pack 1
(Note: must match what your product key version is for)
How to find out if I have a 32 or 64Bit version of Windows installed on my computer:
Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso
SHA1 Hash value: 6071B4553FCF0EA53D589A846B5AE76743DD68FC
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso
SHA1 Hash value: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9
Windows 7 Professional 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
SHA1 Hash value: D89937DF3A9BC2EC1A1486195FD308CD3DADE928
Windows 7 Professional 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso
SHA1 Hash value: 0BCFC54019EA175B1EE51F6D2B207A3D14DD2B58
Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
SHA1 Hash value: 65FCE0F445D9BF7E78E43F17E441E08C63722657
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso
SHA1 Hash value: 36AE90DEFBAD9D9539E649B193AE573B77A71C83
A free legal Windows image can be downloaded. Check the MS Product Key sticker for what version your system came with. You will have to use your key. IT MUST BE THE SAME VERSION. Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/ Windows 7 Home Premium http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso Download correct version and burn onto DVD to use.
I think that what's important is license key of your Win XP, the installer for Win XP can be downloaded from any download site now a days. If you have a friend or know someone who has the Win XP installer, you can barrow it from them or have it copied on another disc. Then use the license key that you have from your previous operating system (Win XP).
You must also make sure that the installer that you will be using is the same version that you used to have before installing Win 7. I hope this one helped in a way.
which is the version of xp u have.. i think xp sp2 has the xp drivers or you can manually load the drivers when trying to install xp pressing a f6 key.. for which you must have the floppy disk with the sata drivers from the hard disk manufacturer..
hi, if your computer has a operating system you can download
xp sp2 from the microsoft website
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=049C9DBE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en just copy and paste hope this helps