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Windows XP Disc

Discussion in 'Software' started by Nick74, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Nick74

    Nick74 Bit Poster

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    Hi Guys

    Hopefully someone on here will be more helpful than Microsoft!

    I have a desktop PC running XP Home, and the Hard Drive is knackered.

    I have bought a new Hard Drive, but gone to my box of discs and what I thought was the XP installation disc is only a recovery CD supplied by the firm who built the PC. I cant access the old drive to get into the recovery partition, i need to do a completely fresh install.

    I have called MS, who tell me they are unable to provide an XP disc - which I find staggering. They are happy to offer me telephone support for £46, but not a disc.

    Does anyone know a way of getting hold of a disc, or does anyone on here have one they would be prepared to send me, I will cover costs of course. I dont want to download one from a Torrent site with the risk of it being corrupt. The original manufacturer is in liquidation, so I dont think I have any other options other than buying the OS again, which I am not prepared to do, or borrowing/copying a disc.

    I would just buy 7 and start afresh, but am looking to do MCDST so really need XP, at least for the next few months.

    My only other option is ebay I suppose, but I want to ensure I am getting the real McCoy. I already have the Cert of Authenticity and product code, which is what Ebay sellers are really selling it seems for the dishonest amongst us .

    Very grateful if anyone can help, or I have missed something obvious.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
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  2. gosh1976

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    If you can't find another solution you could go ahead and make the jump to Windows 7 Pro and use Windows XP mode for studies. That's what I used for most of my MCDST studies.
     
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  3. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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  4. nugget
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    I have an old XP home disc sitting in my collection. Unfortunately for you it's German.
     
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  5. sykes

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    Hi Nick74

    I can help you out, email me your address on obutt@hotmail.co.uk, il send you XP with Service pack 2, you can do a clean install with it
     
  6. j1mgg

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    If it is only for the mcdst course then you should be able to buy the Microsoft book that comes with an xp install disk with a 6 month evaluation code.
     
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  7. Sparky
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  8. Nick74

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    ok thanks anyway guys. I dont think I would get much use out of Technet at the moment, so dont want to spend that much, and buying a retail version would stick in my craw im afraid, ive already paid for it once!

    Ill keep asking around, or just go straight to 7 if I have to buy a new OS.
     
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  9. nugget
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    If you start to think about buying Windows 7 then why not go the full monty with a technet sub? (can you tell I bought MS shares yesterday? :twisted: )

    That way you get any version of 7 that you want plus all the other goodies to play with too.
     
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  10. SimonD

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    I would say the opposite would be true, if you're wanting to get certified then the best option you can get is a Technet subscription, not only do you get the OS's but depending on the subscription you also get all of the Enterprise software you would want (Exchange, System Center etc. etc.).
     
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  11. Nick74

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    Dont get me wrong, I can see the value in Technet, but maybe as I move onto other things. If I take from now until March to do MCDST I have used up half a year just to get hold of XP (or 7). Will be more worthwhile to me to lok at a sub in 6 months time or so, then I would get more value from it. Im still looking at other qualifications as well which may start in march so I will reassess then.

    Thanks for the replies chaps.
     
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