I had XP professional on laptop and had to replace hard drive.
I had the drive replace and now I do not have XP. No disk to reload the program. There are labels on the laptop can I reload the program without a disk? Can it be done online? or is the answer to purchase the software again.
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Did you see a blue screen at all? If so, your HD is bad. No disk will fix it. you would need to reload everything on a new Hard drive. Boot managers are not a simple program that is loaded. They are 'built' by windows and are not replaceable in the way you are asking.
The way to fix this is to replace the hard drive and reload the computer with the original disks.
To be blunt, I would replace the computer unless there is a reason you need XP. XP is not safe to use online anymore.
I think you need to reload windows with a operating system disk. Most times the Factory Recovery discs don't work.
Get a windows operating system disk and just reload windows. The disk must match the Certificate of Authentication (COA) sticker on the bottom of her laptop. In other words, don't use a Windows XP Home operating system disk if the COA sticker says Windows XP Professional or you'll never be able to activate windows.
Are you talking about replacing the hard disk drive? It's easy to take out and replace, just remove the cover from the bottom of the laptop that is over the drive. Sometimes the hard drive might be under the keyboard or palmrest, then you have to take the laptop apart to get to it.
One you remove the drive, replace it with the same type of drive (IDE or SATA). Also you will need a operating system disc to reload your operating system on the drive. Then you can download the drivers and install the application programs.
I followed the directions that were posted by someone else that had the same problem. Go to my computer. Click disk drive with CD in. Click Explore. Click setup icon and then properties, and compatibility. Run this program in compatability for example, windows 95, 98, or XP, Click apply and ok.
Worked for me.
You have to make sure when going through the setup (if given the option) to install a clean copy and not install windows to another directory. If you have access to a floppy disk drive an easier way would to be to create a dos boot disk and reformat your c:drive. Make sure you do not have any data on this laptop you want to save. If that does not work you can try to get a DOS program called FDISK. It will wipe out the hard drive partitions so that you can reload your laptop from scratch. Let us know how it goes.
It would seem that your CD drive is not reading completely your installer CDs hence you can not complete the install procedure. Your best bet may be to temporarily replace with a known good/operation until installation has completed.
The 1386 should read I386 and is normally in D:\ which is the CD drive and is a folder in the Win XP installer.
Good luck and kind regards.