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2 years ago#1
Could you please post a link to the most simplified walk through?

Trouble is we've lost his original XP disc so I can reinstall his OS. We have a copy of Vista from my current computer and two copy's of windows 7 from mine and my brothers laptops, I don't suppose we could use one of those?
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2 years ago#2
inb4start->restart
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2 years ago#3
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2 years ago#4
I'm just poking fun at your title, TC. It made it sound like you wanted to learn how to restart your dad's computer. It's extremely likely that your keys for your other computers are OEM ones that you can't reuse easily, especially if those two computers are in use still.
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2 years ago#5
Sephiroth311 posted...
Could you please post a link to the most simplified walk through?

Trouble is we've lost his original XP disc so I can reinstall his OS. We have a copy of Vista from my current computer and two copy's of windows 7 from mine and my brothers laptops, I don't suppose we could use one of those?


I think you mean "reinstall Windows". Reboot just means to restart the computer (hence Master_Bass's comment).

As for how to do it, you'll either need a copy of an XP disk and the key that came with the computer, or a new key for Vista or W7. Once that has been acquired, Google can show you a reinstall tutorial.
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2 years ago#6
You should get a copy of XP (32-bit or 64-bit ; whatever the version was that came with the computer). Somehow. Google it.

Chances are that the computer isn't compatible with other OSes, so you should really strive for XP. You also will need to download the drivers for all of its components once the OS is installed.
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2 years ago#7
Ah sorry I did mean reformat!

That's a shame, I thought maybe they allowed multiple installs these days.
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2 years ago#8
As far as I know, the iso for any Windows disk is freely distributable. As long as you have a legitimate xp key there shouldn't be any issue using an iso gotten from the web, even from some of the more illicit sites.
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