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Lost windows disk

By nanaki2007
Dec 2, 2008
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  1. I want to reinstall on my computer since I got a virus-I can't fix it since safe mode isn't booting, system restore from boot is unresponsive, and normal boot crashes after 2-3 minutes. I lost the disks that my comptuer came with, so can I use a WindowsXP Home to format/reinstall windows on my hard drive, or should I buy a new harddrive and ditch the old one?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. nanaki2007

    nanaki2007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Can I use it on my current hard drive or would you reccomend a new one?

    Why does this cost less than the SP2?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Your issue above is about software not hardware (ie the actual HardDrive is probably ok)
    If you are concerned about if your HardDrive is faulty or not please run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive

    Where is the link and cost to XP SP2 at greater cost?
     
  5. nanaki2007

    nanaki2007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    So if I can delete the partition that everything (including the virus) is on when I reinstall it, it should work fine?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Software wise Yes :)
    But you need the CD first ;)

    By the way, if this is a brand label Computer (ie Dell Hp or other) you may be able to purchase the "Restore" Disks from your manufacture
     
  7. nanaki2007

    nanaki2007 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks a lot :) I wasn't expecting a response nearly this fast.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Thanks for your questions :grinthumb
    If I'm on, I try to be quick
    Oh, I'm on most of the time :rolleyes:
     
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