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I have an a710n needing a os, I cannot locate the original restore disc's . . . I do have oem XP software for my Dell (3) and have successfully wiped the drive and installed this Dell OEM XP OS. The problem is it will not verify due to the non-Dell motherboard . . . is there any way to get my Dell OEM XP to work? Or . . . where can I download a copy of the original HP Recover Disc? I have been to the HP support site(s) with no success. If I could I'd replace this PC but just can't do that right now . . . $$$ . . . any help would be appreciated. Doug

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This may work for you, but then again, it may not... Get your system up and running normally, don't boot from the OS Install disc. Once your system is on, place the OS Install disc into your optical drive.
As Auto-Run tries to initiate, Cancel the operation. Open up "Computer", right click your dvd-rom, and go to "explore" or "open". You will have to find a hidden text document with the title of "unattend". Inside that text document, you will find the OS Product Key for that particular disc. Try using that key for the Activation of your Windows OS.

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If its not a Dell motherboard the original restore disks wont work. See if you can borrow a XP disk or download one free from http://thepiratebay.org/ and do a complete reinstall. Cheers and please vote

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