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where to find windows xp install files

By johnroberts01 ·
where do i go to find my windows xp install files to down load a fresh copy

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by TheChas In reply to where to find windows xp ...

There is no place to download a legal copy of Windows XP installation files.

You need your Windows XP CD to perform an install.

If you have a computer that did not come with an XP CD, you should have a restore CD and a hidden partition with an image of the hard drive as configured when you purchased the system.

CAUTION: Using the restore CD will wipe out all of your files and any software that you installed. Proceed with caution.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to where to find windows xp ...

All the Windows Install Files are on the Original Cd that came with the computer. If you have a Windows CD everything will be on there that comes with Windows. If you have a Makers Restore Cd it will only have the drivers required by the hardware supplied with the machine included.

As far as downloading any Windows Components all that you can download are Service Packs and Hot Patches directly from MS. If you need anything more you'll have to buy another MS Copy of the Operating System and the same applies to any required Software.

Sometimes you do not receive a CD with a new system and the Recovery Files are stored on a Hidden Partition of the HDD which you can reach by following the makers recommendations. Of course if the HDD fails you're stuffed as all the original Install files are lost as well as all your data.

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Help!!!

by MrT333 In reply to where to find windows xp ...

I real need these files coz i lost them

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