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How can I replace my Dell Hard drive if I don't have installation disks

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Can I use a regular XP Pro disc and just use the key I have?
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    Yes you can use XP Pro media and the key attached to the PC. You also might be able to get recovery disks thru Dell but they will charge for them. You might have to install some drivers.
  2. Thanks... I'll give it a shot and see!

    DeadRam said:
    Yes you can use XP Pro media and the key attached to the PC. You also might be able to get recovery disks thru Dell but they will charge for them. You might have to install some drivers.
  3. I doubt regular (retail) XP media will work with your Dell (OEM) product key. Most probably, you won't be able to get past the point where installation asks for the CD Key.

    Look around for friends with old Dell's, and "borrow" their media. Or hit eBay, or local PC junkyard (they sometimes sell media, I got a disk years ago for less than $20)
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