Need to reinstall Windows XP.....is it ok to buy a disk off of ebay?

I have a six year old dell. The old installation of Windows XP is damaged beyond repair so I will have to reinstall it.

I have the dell serial number, service tag number, and most of the other relevant information. I even have the original Windows XP license key number printed on a label on the side of my computer.

However, the one thing that I do not have is the Windows XP installation disk.

What is the best way to resolve this? I have seen Windows XP disks for sale on ebay and craigs list. Can I purchase one of those and install it on my old computer? If I do that should I get a new license key from them or do I use my old one.

Help please........ thanks!!

TC
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  1. The license key from the DELL installation CD will not work with any other Windows XP installation CD. A matching Key and installation CD are required.
  2. Get an OEM disc. It should work with your key. Badge, what are you talking about? So, if the OP lost his disc or it got scratched so it wouldn't read anymore, are you saying the OP couldn't do anything?!?

    The key is just a license that the user bought a copy and is licensing it for one machine. Just buy an OEM disc and use the key on the Dell. Same thing if he lost his recovery discs. I've been told this works and there's no reason to think otherwise.
  3. The key and the disk must match.
  4. Canuck1 said:
    Get an OEM disc. It should work with your key. Badge, what are you talking about? So, if the OP lost his disc or it got scratched so it wouldn't read anymore, are you saying the OP couldn't do anything?!?

    The key is just a license that the user bought a copy and is licensing it for one machine. Just buy an OEM disc and use the key on the Dell. Same thing if he lost his recovery discs. I've been told this works and there's no reason to think otherwise.



    BTW, I don't like you calling me out like this. Just say what you want to say. It is not necessary to say 'what are you talking about' like I am saying something wrong. Take a break.
  5. True Colors said:
    I have a six year old dell. The old installation of Windows XP is damaged beyond repair so I will have to reinstall it.

    I have the dell serial number, service tag number, and most of the other relevant information. I even have the original Windows XP license key number printed on a label on the side of my computer.

    However, the one thing that I do not have is the Windows XP installation disk.

    What is the best way to resolve this? I have seen Windows XP disks for sale on ebay and craigs list. Can I purchase one of those and install it on my old computer? If I do that should I get a new license key from them or do I use my old one.

    Help please........ thanks!!

    TC



    Ignore Canuck1. He has not a clue what He is spewing on about.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/239727-45-home-wont-work-home
  6. Canuck1 said:
    Get an OEM disc. It should work with your key. Badge, what are you talking about? So, if the OP lost his disc or it got scratched so it wouldn't read anymore, are you saying the OP couldn't do anything?!?

    The key is just a license that the user bought a copy and is licensing it for one machine. Just buy an OEM disc and use the key on the Dell. Same thing if he lost his recovery discs. I've been told this works and there's no reason to think otherwise.


    You have been told. Delete this post please.
  7. What is the model of your computer.
    It may have a restore section already on the hard drive.
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