Windows XP Download [Not Spam - Genuine Question!]

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Michael Payne, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. 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?
    Michael Payne, Nov 30, 2006
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  2. Re: Windows XP Download

    In message <ekm05a$943$>, 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...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 30, 2006
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  3. Michael Payne

    Dave Doe Guest

    In article <ekm05a$943$>, *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).

    --
    Duncan
    Dave Doe, Nov 30, 2006
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  4. Michael Payne

    whome Guest

    Re: Windows XP Download

    "Lawrence D'Oliveiro" <_zealand> wrote in message
    news:ekm9om$okn$...
    > In message <ekm05a$943$>, 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.
    whome, Nov 30, 2006
    #4
  5. Michael Payne

    Fred Dagg Guest

    Re: Windows XP Download

    On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
    <_zealand> exclaimed:

    >In message <ekm05a$943$>, 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 shit, at least wipe your mouth.
    Fred Dagg, Nov 30, 2006
    #5
  6. Michael Payne

    David Guest

    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.)
    David, Nov 30, 2006
    #6
  7. Michael Payne

    boywonder Guest

    borrow anyone's XP CD , install and authenticate with your sticker online.

    that was hard, wasn't it?


    --
    Tommy
    MUNGEDtmccMUNGED72AThalDASHpcDOTorg remove everything capitalized to email
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    Reality is for people who can't handle science fiction.
    If Ignorance is Bliss, why aren't more people happy?
    boywonder, Nov 30, 2006
    #7
  8. Michael Payne

    Mutlley Guest

    Re: Windows XP Download

    Fred Dagg <> wrote:

    >On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
    ><_zealand> exclaimed:
    >
    >>In message <ekm05a$943$>, 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 shit, at least wipe your mouth.


    Piss off. Why the extra charge when you pay an arm and a leg for the
    PC?? . It is a M$ tax..
    Mutlley, Nov 30, 2006
    #8
  9. Michael Payne

    Geoff Guest

    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" <*spam> wrote in message
    >>>>news:ekm05a$943$...

    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?
    Geoff, Nov 30, 2006
    #9
  10. Michael Payne

    Fred Dagg Guest

    Re: Windows XP Download

    On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 09:33:23 +1300, Mutlley <>
    exclaimed:

    >Fred Dagg <> wrote:
    >
    >>On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:55:46 +1300, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
    >><_zealand> exclaimed:
    >>
    >>>In message <ekm05a$943$>, 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 shit, at least wipe your mouth.

    >
    >Piss 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).
    Fred Dagg, Nov 30, 2006
    #10
  11. Michael Payne

    Ron Martell Guest

    "Michael Payne" <*spam> 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?


    All support, including provision of replacement CDs, for OEM versions
    is the responsibility of the OEM who originally manufactured/assembled
    the PC. You need to contact them.

    If that OEM is no longer in business then you might repeat might be
    able to obtain a replacement CD (generic OEM version) from Microsoft.
    http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=326246
    800-426-9400 to replace a CD; 800-325-1233 if OEM dealer has gone out
    of business and need to replace a CD.

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
    Syberfix Remote Computer Repair

    "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
    has never been in bed with a mosquito."
    Ron Martell, Dec 1, 2006
    #11
  12. Michael Payne

    jasen Guest

    On 2006-11-30, Michael Payne <*spam> wrote:

    > Short of that - does Microsoft send out replacement CD-ROM's,


    yes, about $20 IIRC.


    --

    Bye.
    Jasen
    jasen, Dec 1, 2006
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