Have a computer with XP authenticated but do have lost CD RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I have an old computer that has XP installed on it.  I am in the process of making some custom hardware mods to it but this will pose some difficulty for the OS.  I need a CD and the authentication key because the documents have long since been lost.  My brother has the computer in another state temporarily.  If I can get the CD I can then make the hardware changes without losing the license and the ability to keep my own licensed software on it.  Without the CD, I have a computer that has old hardware, system errors, and a purchased license in limbo.

    WHAT CAN i DO?  Is there a way to cause the OS on the system to download to a install disk?  Could MS provide this service?  I see this as the solution when CDs get lost and the OS is still in use and no way to fix hardware and reinstall the software.

    Thank you,
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:40 PM