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I want to reformat using killdisk, my computer is on Win XP SP3 (original) RRS feed

  • Question

  • I bought my laptop about 2 years ago, it had Windows XP SP3 preinstalled, and it's genuine.  If I use killdisk to wipe everything off my computer during the format, I will lose the Win XP genuine OS.  Will I have to buy a new one to get a genuine version or can I use the serial number that came with my laptop (it's a sticker at the bottom of my laptop)?

    Thanks.

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:44 PM

Answers

  • Hello dezinerite,

    Your best course of action IMO is to use the manufacturer's recovery solution that was provided with the laptop when new.

    Usually this is a Destructive Recovery and the means to execute the recovery is accessed by a specific keystroke combination at startup, or by starting the procedure within Windows by finding the Recovery Program in your Start Menu>All Programs menu.  Another method which the manufacurers seem to be getting away from, is to run a Recovery Disc provided with the computer when new.

    For more detailed instructions it would be best to visit the support pages for your exact model at the manufacturer's support site.


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    Thursday, June 24, 2010 4:30 PM

All replies

  • Hello dezinerite,

    Your best course of action IMO is to use the manufacturer's recovery solution that was provided with the laptop when new.

    Usually this is a Destructive Recovery and the means to execute the recovery is accessed by a specific keystroke combination at startup, or by starting the procedure within Windows by finding the Recovery Program in your Start Menu>All Programs menu.  Another method which the manufacurers seem to be getting away from, is to run a Recovery Disc provided with the computer when new.

    For more detailed instructions it would be best to visit the support pages for your exact model at the manufacturer's support site.


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    Thursday, June 24, 2010 4:30 PM
  • Oh ok thanks Dan, I will try to do just that.  Thanks for your help and have a wonderful weekend.
    Friday, June 25, 2010 1:41 AM