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Can you reistall windows XP without a disc?

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Can you reistall windows XP without a disc?

redhead9
I understand that i need a disc, my friend rebuilt my a computer, one hard drive has XP (because he couldn't find his disc) and the other is a 320 GB hard drive that i just keep my stuff on. I want it to be my own and to stop see the original guys name, also to get rid of useless info. Im starting, but i know a good bit about computers. I understand how a boot works, i have made a fedora disc to boot, i want to use XP. I fallowed steps on a website to make a xp boot cd, i wrote it to a file, it is over a Gb, so i couldn't write it to a disc. I compressed it, but it didn't work, I'm not sure if it would help anyway. So, if it's possible, help me. If i can make a disc i want to use my 320 Gb drive, otherwise clear the other drive, put it all in my name, and run windows off of that.
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    seanferd

    No, you cannot install without installation media, but...

    Is there a recover partition for the OS on the drive?

    Is there a folder named "Options" or similar in C: or C:\ Windows (possibly elsewhere, depending on OEM) which contains all the installation files?

    Further:
    You can edit all the "name" information.

    Where, specifically, do you wish to change the name? Registered owner, user account, etc.?

    edit:
    Registered owner:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310441

    User account:
    Create a new account as your own. Transfer over any documents that are yours.

    Create the new account as a limited user (never surf the internet as Administrator).

    If the old account is an Admin account, just rename it to Administrator again. If it is a non-Admin account, or duplicate Admin account, you can delete it after you are positive all software, etc, works in your new account.

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    seanferd

    No, you cannot install without installation media, but...

    Is there a recover partition for the OS on the drive?

    Is there a folder named "Options" or similar in C: or C:\ Windows (possibly elsewhere, depending on OEM) which contains all the installation files?

    Further:
    You can edit all the "name" information.

    Where, specifically, do you wish to change the name? Registered owner, user account, etc.?

    edit:
    Registered owner:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310441

    User account:
    Create a new account as your own. Transfer over any documents that are yours.

    Create the new account as a limited user (never surf the internet as Administrator).

    If the old account is an Admin account, just rename it to Administrator again. If it is a non-Admin account, or duplicate Admin account, you can delete it after you are positive all software, etc, works in your new account.