Re: Repair/Installs using XP CD question

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Victek, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Victek

    Victek Guest

    > All computers come with a way to restore the OS; either media or a hard
    > drive partition (typically hidden). Granted, "media" might be a restore
    > CD that destroys everything.
    >
    > Most OEM installations leave an "I386" folder on the hard drive
    > somewhere (sometimes in the root, sometimes in \Windows, sometimes in
    > \Windows\Options\Cabs, sometimes in yet other places. ***IF*** this is
    > complete (sometimes it is, sometimes it is not), you can burn this to a
    > CD and it can be used to reinstall Windows. If it's complete, there
    > will be two setup files in it, Winnt.exe (the DOS setup program) and
    > Winnt32.exe (the Windows setup program). If you know how, you can even
    > make your own self booting media, otherwise you will have to boot from
    > some other bootable CD to start Winnt.exe.
    >
    > Re: "If I have an OEM version of say XP Home SP2 from one company would
    > it work with a different OEM's license key where the OS is also XP Home
    > SP2?"
    >
    > Usually, but not always. You will probably have to do telephone
    > activation even if it does otherwise work.


    Very useful information - thank you!
    Victek, Oct 22, 2007
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