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Use the disc that you have to see if you can repair the installation of Windows. As long as it isn't an earlier version of what you have installed, you can use it. For example, if you are using XP with Service Pack 2 and your disk is XP with SP1, you won't be able to use it for repair. You can certainly take out the drive and attach it to another computer, however, you need some equipment to do this. A laptop hard drive is a lot smaller than a desktop one, so you can't just pop it into an empty slot. You will need to get a laptop hardrive enclosure. You put your laptop hard drive in there, make the connections (it is VERY easy) and then attach the laptop hard drive to another computer. You can then see if you can read the disk that way. Most likely, you will be able to since you aren't trying to boot from the drive. Then you can take off the important data and replace your laptop hard drive and start over with a clean install.
I would be wary of downloading an illegal copy of Windows from anywhere. Those copies are fraught with viri and other malware, not to mention that it is ILLEGAL and you will not be able to update the OS.
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Posted on Feb 05, 2009
To be honest your best option is to remove the drive and connect it to another computer.. other than that you can try and download a copy of your operating system using Bit Torrent and use the cd to attempt a recovery. What version of windows are you using?
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
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