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I lost my Windows XP Home install CD a while ago. I was going to send microsoft an email, but apparently I don't have any availible support requests (came OEM so I would have to pay $35 to email them). I have all the documentation and stuff, but I don't know where my CD is. I hope to get a new computer, but I couldn't install windows without the disk. Is it possible to get a new disk (I have a key) for free or for very little. I don't want to go out and spend a ton of money on a new copy of XP when I own it already.

The new computer will have a sata HD while my old one is IDE. Can I attach both a DVD drive and a HD on the same IDE cable? If I could, I could use my old HD with windows as my boot drive until I got a new disk.
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post #2 of 9
Check out the deal sites and eBay. As you already own the COA/code key, you may be able to find a disk for a reasonable price. Just be sure to match the version you have as closely as possible or else the key will not likely work.
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yea you can use a hdd and cdrom on the same IDE, I am doing it now because I have only 1 ide port Just be sure to set the jumpers on each drive to master/slave depending on the drive position. On mine i have the CD rom as master and the hard drive as slave and it works fine. (till xmas )
    
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Being able to use both is good. Now I don't urgently need to find a disk for christmas.

I'll check ebay and stuff. Hopefully there is something cheap.
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post #5 of 9
The Key is the license so you have the main part. I would check out Ebay and or Good retailers as Windows XP doesnt cost too much these days.
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If I'm building a new computer and I have windows installed already, would the upgrade disk be enough to get me through the build? I have an upgrade disk, but I don't have the full install disk.
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post #7 of 9
As long as you have a valid version of Windows installed, an XP upgrade disk would work.
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post #8 of 9
yeh with the upgrade disk all you need is a 95,98 disk...if you want I got seven I'll give you one
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With the 98 disk I can just use the upgrade disk, but thanks.
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