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Master Geek

# 41285 13-Sep-2009 18:52
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I have lost my install cd that came with my laptop, what am i best to do? i have a dell windows xp home install dvd from another pc i have. Can i just use that with the laptop and cd key thats on the laptop? then uninstal all the dell crap? Can you download a windows xp iso off the net or is that a bit dodge and install that? the laptop is a compaq presatio m2000 and is about 4 or 5 years old. I was thinking of giving some form a linux a nudge but i wanna use itunes so maybe not. any ideas would be great


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  # 256561 17-Sep-2009 16:18
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You may find that your other DVD you have will only restore onto Dell hardware. 

By the sounds of it all you will need is a Windows XP Home OEM CD.  I have a couple of them at home that I can send you if you want.

You could try your luck downloading an ISO from a bit torrent site, but the trouble would be finding an un-patched/cracked version of the ISO.


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  # 256564 17-Sep-2009 16:23
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If iTunes is your only reason not use Linux, then check out the alternatives to iTunes, you may be pleasantly surprised.


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  # 256663 17-Sep-2009 21:02
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Cheers for the help guys. I got a oem version from a friend

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