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Michael Payne
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      11-30-2006
Righto. My situation.

I have a PC (like most people here no doubt) - and installed an evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 (R2). The evaluation versions have a lifespan of 120 days, and i'm wanting to re-install Windows XP.

Problem being I dont have the original disc to install it. I have an OEM sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from (i'm fine downloading up to 700mb. . . .).

Short of that - does Microsoft send out replacement CD-ROM's, or at last resort am I forced to purchase another copy of WinXP?
 
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Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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      11-30-2006
In message <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, Michael Payne wrote:

> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install [XP]. I have an OEM
> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
> there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from ...


Not a chance. Microsoft stopped including CDs with OEM copies of Dimdows
years ago. Some OEMs provided special "restore partitions" on the hard
drives of their machines--which of course were no help if your hard drive
was stuffed. Otherwise, you have to shell out for another copy of XP.

Welcome to the Microsoft Tax...
 
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Dave Doe
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      11-30-2006
In article <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed)*spam
says...
> Righto. My situation.
>
> I have a PC (like most people here no doubt) - and installed an evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 (R2). The evaluation versions have a lifespan of 120 days, and i'm wanting to re-install Windows XP.
>
> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install it. I have an

OEM sticker with a product key on it though on my tower,

You'll have to phone the shop you bought it from - they'll supply the
media (or put it on, which they never do). If you have difficulty with
the shop, phone MS. How was it originally supplied? (the OS that is).

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whome
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      11-30-2006

"Lawrence D'Oliveiro" <(E-Mail Removed)_zealand> wrote in message
news:ekm9om$okn$(E-Mail Removed)...
> In message <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, Michael Payne wrote:
>
>> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install [XP]. I have an
>> OEM
>> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
>> there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from ...

>
> Not a chance. Microsoft stopped including CDs with OEM copies of Dimdows
> years ago. Some OEMs provided special "restore partitions" on the hard
> drives of their machines--which of course were no help if your hard drive
> was stuffed. Otherwise, you have to shell out for another copy of XP.
>
> Welcome to the Microsoft Tax...


Hard luck.

I always take a ghost copy of a fresh machine with all the software
activated. Although a problem is that sometimes a fresh machine contains
loads of garbage installed by the manufacturer.

I remember the days when it was cool to get extra software for free- now
it's a pain in the arse cos the yanks are the masters at trying to get money
off people. I lived there for a while, so i know.


 
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Fred Dagg
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      11-30-2006
On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
<(E-Mail Removed)_zealand> exclaimed:

>In message <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, Michael Payne wrote:
>
>> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install [XP]. I have an OEM
>> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
>> there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from ...

>
>Not a chance. Microsoft stopped including CDs with OEM copies of Dimdows
>years ago. Some OEMs provided special "restore partitions" on the hard
>drives of their machines--which of course were no help if your hard drive
>was stuffed. Otherwise, you have to shell out for another copy of XP.
>
>Welcome to the Microsoft Tax...


Bullshit.

All OEM windows from white box producers come with a Windows CD.
Larger producers (eg Acer, HP, etc) have to provide a CD upon request
for a reasonable charge (generally the cost of pressing a CD and
freight).

If you're going to talk ****, at least wipe your mouth.
 
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David
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      11-30-2006
Michael Payne wrote:
> Righto. My situation.
>
> I have a PC (like most people here no doubt) - and installed an
> evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 (R2). The evaluation versions
> have a lifespan of 120 days, and i'm wanting to re-install Windows XP.
>
> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install it. I have an OEM
> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering
> is there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from (i'm
> fine downloading up to 700mb. . . .).
>
> Short of that - does Microsoft send out replacement CD-ROM's, or at last
> resort am I forced to purchase another copy of WinXP?


Easiest option: Find a torrent somewhere. Your key should work provided
you download the right version (I believe the version is determined by
an .ini file on the CD, and there is a 9 in 1 or something iso available
so you can select the right version for your key). You'll end up with a
perfectly working legitish copy of XP (WGA etc will work fine.)
 
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boywonder
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      11-30-2006
borrow anyone's XP CD , install and authenticate with your sticker online.

that was hard, wasn't it?


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Mutlley
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      11-30-2006
Fred Dagg <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
><(E-Mail Removed)_zealand> exclaimed:
>
>>In message <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, Michael Payne wrote:
>>
>>> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install [XP]. I have an OEM
>>> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
>>> there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from ...

>>
>>Not a chance. Microsoft stopped including CDs with OEM copies of Dimdows
>>years ago. Some OEMs provided special "restore partitions" on the hard
>>drives of their machines--which of course were no help if your hard drive
>>was stuffed. Otherwise, you have to shell out for another copy of XP.
>>
>>Welcome to the Microsoft Tax...

>
>Bullshit.
>
>All OEM windows from white box producers come with a Windows CD.
>Larger producers (eg Acer, HP, etc) have to provide a CD upon request
>for a reasonable charge (generally the cost of pressing a CD and
>freight).
>
>If you're going to talk ****, at least wipe your mouth.


**** off. Why the extra charge when you pay an arm and a leg for the
PC?? . It is a M$ tax..
 
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Geoff
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      11-30-2006
If you can borrow a CD of the same version, you can use the serial off your
sticker.

But why did you feel the need to uninstall XP ? You can have multiple
installs on one compuiter coexisting quite happily !

geoff



>>>>"Michael Payne" <(E-Mail Removed)*spam> wrote in message
>>>>news:ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)...

Righto. My situation.

I have a PC (like most people here no doubt) - and installed an evaluation
version of Windows Server 2003 (R2). The evaluation versions have a lifespan
of 120 days, and i'm wanting to re-install Windows XP.

Problem being I dont have the original disc to install it. I have an OEM
sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from (i'm fine
downloading up to 700mb. . . .).

Short of that - does Microsoft send out replacement CD-ROM's, or at last
resort am I forced to purchase another copy of WinXP?


 
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Fred Dagg
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      11-30-2006
On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 09:33:23 +1300, Mutlley <(E-Mail Removed)>
exclaimed:

>Fred Dagg <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
>>On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
>><(E-Mail Removed)_zealand> exclaimed:
>>
>>>In message <ekm05a$943$(E-Mail Removed)>, Michael Payne wrote:
>>>
>>>> Problem being I dont have the original disc to install [XP]. I have an OEM
>>>> sticker with a product key on it though on my tower, and i'm wondering is
>>>> there a Microsoft Site out there that I can download it from ...
>>>
>>>Not a chance. Microsoft stopped including CDs with OEM copies of Dimdows
>>>years ago. Some OEMs provided special "restore partitions" on the hard
>>>drives of their machines--which of course were no help if your hard drive
>>>was stuffed. Otherwise, you have to shell out for another copy of XP.
>>>
>>>Welcome to the Microsoft Tax...

>>
>>Bullshit.
>>
>>All OEM windows from white box producers come with a Windows CD.
>>Larger producers (eg Acer, HP, etc) have to provide a CD upon request
>>for a reasonable charge (generally the cost of pressing a CD and
>>freight).
>>
>>If you're going to talk ****, at least wipe your mouth.

>
>**** off. Why the extra charge when you pay an arm and a leg for the
>PC?? . It is a M$ tax..


Those that don't provide a CD have to provide a
Restoration/Reinstallation method. Usually this is by way of either a
restore CD, hidden restoration partition, or both.

The CD provided upon request is only if the other restoration methods
fail (eg hard drive failure outside warranty).
 
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