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It appears the recovery partition has been removed from your hard disk. You need to obtain a Recovery CD from Toshiba. OR If you have a Windows XP Home installation CD then you can use it to reinstall Windows on your Toshiba and the product installation code will be on the Windows label on the bottom of your laptop.
1. boot your PC or laptop from the Windows XP CD (To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer). 2. You will see "Press any key to boot from CD" displayed on the screen, at this point press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD. 3. You will see the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup. 4. Read and agree to the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8. 5. Follow the instructions to select and format the c: partition where you want to reinstall Windows XP. 6. Follow the remander of the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup 7. Reinstall any drivers which are required. 8. Reinstall any software programs which you need. 9. copy your data back to the drive.
You will need to enter the boot menu at start up and select boot from CD, or set the CD drive to boot before the hard drive in the bios or utilities. When you first start the machine there will bw a Toshiba screen, on this screen it will tell you what to press for boot menu or utilities. Some machines zip right through this screen so you'll have to be quick. After you get it to boot from CD, make sure the disc is in upon start up and you're good.
No unfortunately XP home and XP media edition are different but not completely. The only difference is the entertainment factor like TV control and live recording and pausing , viewing photos etc and media center is considered to be a bit more secure than XP home but i find this just a wrong perception of people as i also have XP home and also had media center, makes no difference at all regarding security but yes if u want much more features or facilities as far as entertainment is considered media center edition is far more good than XP home....... IF U INSTALL XP HOME THAT DOES NOT MEAN U INSTALLED XP MEDIA CENTER Now there are 2 ways to solve ur problem 1. Either get a NEW disc from microsoft or any computer shop for media center and then install it. OR 2. Install XP home on your system and then try to put the CD for media center , it will update XP to media center . In this way u will get the media center back and u will also not lose any previous stored data. NOTE: In both the above cases u will have to get the CD for Media center...... Wat matters is losing the data that is already stored on your system. BUT AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND HERE IS THAT INSTALLING XP HOME WILL NOT GET BACK U TO MEDIA CENTER AS THEY ARE DIFFERENT BUT IT MAKES NOT DIFFERENCE WHETHER IT IS XP HOME OR MEDIA CENTER AS ONLY DIFFERENCE IS ENTERTAINMENT>>> IN THE WORLD THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE USING XP HOME THAN MEDIA CENTER>>>