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Does MS provide non MSDN downloads for XP for those that alrdy have Licence

By Slayer_ ·
I have an XP Home machine here, that is well, crippled. The accountant installed as much crap as she could, when I caught her, I of course locked her down so hard she couldn't even right click her mouse. But the damage was already done. Its twin system can perform almost 100 times faster at even basic tasks. The windows system just got bloated to all ****. If you hook it up to a DHCP network, it will DoS attack your router! So it is obviously infected with something that so far none of the virus scanners out there can find. With the system no longer in use (Accountant fired for incomptence) The best solution is a clean wipe. However, there is no install CD. The Licence number is on the side of the machine, but naturally no CD and no recovery partition, nothing. The shop it was bought at wants 100 bucks for a fresh XP install. Talk about a scam... I have an XP pro disc, but well, that doesn't help me...

So does MS provide a download for XP Home?

Cause if not I think I will use that machine to test drive Mandriva Spring 2008 that I downloaded 2 months ago.

FYI this is no longer a business system, I took the systems back when the business went belly up.

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It looks like a good time to

by Jacky Howe In reply to Does MS provide non MSDN ...

test Mandriva Spring 2008 as you won't be able to download XP Home. It will probably run rings around XP Home anyway.

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Asuming no driver issues of course

by Slayer_ In reply to It looks like a good time ...

It is an old AMD 800mhz machine with i believe SiS graphics chipset. Not sure if it will work.

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You will

by Jacky Howe In reply to Asuming no driver issues ...

have to cross that bridge when you get to it. Good Luck.

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License Key

by pdewitte In reply to Does MS provide non MSDN ...

Have you tried installing XP Pro and using the product key on the side of your machine.

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could MS really be that stupid?

by Slayer_ In reply to License Key

To use the same keys for XP Home as it does for XP Pro?

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RE: COA Key

by tardcart In reply to could MS really be that s ...

That won't work. I would recommend downloading a copy of XP Home from your favorite source. I'm not condoning or suggesting piracy. Since you legally own the copy of XP Home you would be acquiring a backup of the install disk. The COA sticker is the validation of your license, not the disk. We found that out the hard way when we bought a bunch of copies of XP Pro in the interwebs cheap and none of them came with the COA.

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Boot in safe mode

by pdewitte In reply to License Key

Have you tried booting in safe mode, and run Add/Remove Programs in the Control panel.
You could also try running msconfig from the command line and try disabling startups and non-MS services.

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Replacement XP CD

by pdewitte In reply to Does MS provide non MSDN ...

Check the following link to see if you can get a replacement CD at a reasonable price: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[ln];326246

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AllBootDisks ISO Image Downloads

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Does MS provide non MSDN ...

Try this site out:
http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html

:)

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He wants XP Home.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to AllBootDisks ISO Image Do ...

... the site you posted specifically states that it does not offer XP downloads. So, it doesn't help much, now does it?

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