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I have acer aspire laptop purchased from dabs feb 2007 hard drive crashed 2 weeks out of warranty, i have put in new hard drive, how much would it cost to puirchase the discs for operating system serial number 64901850625 aspire 5051 xp pro was the operating system gaynor stevens

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  • gaynor12 Aug 29, 2008

    thank for your help whats a OEM? and if I purchased the xp you mentioned would that reinstate the operating system? sorry to be so dull not really into technical

    gaynor

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Hi,

If your Aspire laptop has a Microsoft sticker at the bottom with the Product Key, it is not necessary for you to re-purchase CD installer of the Operating System. You could try borrowing from friends their XP Pro CD installers or even an OEM and simply use that. When asked for the CD key, use what is printed in the aforementioned sticker.

As long as the motherboard/entire machine is not replaced, then this would be an acceptable alternative. Should you still wish to purchase an Windows XP Pro SP2 installer CD, it would roughly cost USD 60.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Aug 29, 2008

    Hi again,

    OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) - CDs normally given out as recovery/re-installer of the PC manufacturer and not necessarily by Microsoft but contains Microsoft product (XP).

    The
    Windows XP Pro SP2 installer CD would reinstall an updated/better version of the original Windows XP Pro SP1. Incidentally, there is now an SP3, however, you are still good with SP2.

    Next to consider would be the motherboard drivers but will get to that once the new HDD has been re-installed with XP. I am assuming that you are using a different computer accessing this site.


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    Louie Role Aug 29, 2008

    Should it be agreeable, Pls use the "Ask Me" button to post succeeding queries.

    Glad to be of initial assistance and appreciate the rating.


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