Inherited a few desktops with no hard drives can I recover the original os?

By slickh2o ·
I have received a few desktops from a company that has gone out of business and they have destroyed their hard drives for each comp for security reasons. I wanted to know if i can somehow use the xp id numbers on each desktops sticker to reinstall xp if I had a disk, since each comp will need a new hard drive. Otherwise I am going to install something else on each but I would like to XP if I can do that legally.

Let me know if this doesn't make sense and I will clarify.

Thank you.

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You'd order the disk from the vendor.

by seanferd In reply to Inherited a few desktops ...

If they are all exactly the same, you may only need to get the one disk. 20-40 bucks is what I've seen charged for the replacement disks.

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If the Desktops have COA's on them

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Inherited a few desktops ...

Then you can use that Product Key to reinstall the OS.

If they are White Boxes you'll need a M$ Branded Install Disc but if they are System Makers Units you can get a Recovery Disc from that Maker. As stated above if they are all the same you will only need the 1 Recovery Disc but if they are different Brands you'll need a Recovery Disc for each Brand.


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