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Do I need windows xp disc to reinstall?

I have a dell d9150 media center and have application and driver discs but never had a windows xp disc. Is it still possible to reinstall windows xp without that disc.? Failing that, would a system restore to original state be a viable alternative? Many thanks, Randy

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  • robsea828 Mar 11, 2009

    If I was to perform a pc restore by symantec, would that achieve the same goal as an os reinstall? (The discs dell provided me with are for reinstalling system software, drivers and utilities, color monitor and Audigy sound blaster). Would this method mean I could still reinstall windows xp onto my system? I'm refreshing the pc because it is slow and I've used the same os for 3 years. Thanks

  • robsea828 Mar 11, 2009

    No, I was referring to a pc restore that would revert my pc to it's factory settings. Would it be possible to use this method and then put windows xp back onto my pc with information stored on my hard drive?

  • robsea828 Mar 12, 2009

    To put windows xp back on my pc, would I be able to do this from winnt 32 file in my computer or is it another method? Please instruct, thank you. (I've copied all my files onto an external hd and I've also copied important folders from my computer, plus the main registry)

  • robsea828 Mar 12, 2009

    I had read that on my pc that there should be an image of it located somewhere on the hard drive along with a key number. The article suggested that this would allow someone to reinstall windows xp without the install disc.

  • robsea828 Mar 13, 2009

    Where and how would I find the image and is it a safe practice to burn the image to either a cd or dvd disc? How much space in bytes would the image take up on disc to be used?


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To format your hard-drive then re-install Windows? Yes, you would need one.

If you're attempting to rid yourself of a virus, you can definitely attempt a system restore. However, most modern viruses are smart, and the first thing they will do is integrate themselves into the system restore files. If however you have a system-restore disk (CD-ROM) which came with the computer, those will obviously not be infected (nor will they be infected) and can be used to restore the system to the state it was in when you first turned it on.

Let me know if I can help you further.

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    Peter Steiert Mar 11, 2009

    No, a system restore will only restore the system to a state it was in on the date the restore point was created. To achieve the effect you're after you would have to locate or buy a Windows XP installer disk.

    Sorry it didn't work out the way you wanted.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 11, 2009

    Yes, it is possible. You simply need to back up any files you want to keep, then launch the restore.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 12, 2009

    You can't erase the entire hard-drive and expect to re-install Windows unless you have a Windows XP installer disc. There simply isn't a way.

    I had the impression you were attempting to restore the system through using the internal system restore method (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore).

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 12, 2009

    That sounds like a pirated version of windows. However if you find it, you would burn the .ISO image to a spare CD-R(W) and use it as the windows installer CD.

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    Peter Steiert Mar 13, 2009

    I can't tell you where to find the image as I'm not the one who saved it to your computer. If you do find the image you can use software such as ImgBurn (which is a free program said to be better than recent releases of Nero) to burn the image onto a CD-R (or CD-RW). I believe it will take up all of the 700MB on that disk, I can't say for certain.


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