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How to recover my system, PLEASE HELP!!!

My E-Machine had Windows XP on it, it became slow, so i installed a OS called Linux, but now i want my Windows back, how can i do that for free??? i dont have a install CD cause my computer was a gift, so i have NO copy of my OS, what do you recommend?

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  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee May 11, 2010

    Do you have a recovery drive?

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    well..last time I checked, the MSoft boyz are NOT giving away any software I can recall..

    linux ain't so bad..maybe you'll grow to like it, eh?

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The machine should have the software key located on it from when the machine was purchased. This "key" is a paper tqg with 4 groups of 5 letter/number combinations. If you can get a copy of the software disc, you can re-install the OS using that key. The discs should be available for minimal cost. It is the key sequence that is important. The software will not install without that key. Please note that you will need to re-register that key with Microsoft once it is installed. This is required to prevent the use of the same key for multiple machines.
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