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Old 07-07-2005, 03:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If you have a big branded (eg HP, Dell etc) laptop and you want to wipe and start over. Can you just go and buy a Windows XP pro cd from a shop and install it. Or do you need to run the stupid recovery cd that came with it?

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Old 07-07-2005, 04:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i've reloaded my hp pavilion ze4145 with xp pro many times. before i formatted the first time i dl the drivers and burnt them to a disk
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can do either, the restore cd is not required. It's nice to keep around, though, as you're not provided with an actual xp disc.
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds good, thanks.
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