Can't seem to get any information on the following so wondered if anyone can help.
1 Mesh PC with dead hard drive.
Recovery CD has not yet been found.
Q1. Can i install a new hard drive and use the Mesh Recovery CD if it is found?
Q2. From the info i can find it appears the Mesh Recovery CD is just a re-badged Windows XP disk. Does this mean if the Recovery CD can't be found that i can use someone elses Home XP CD with my CD key?
Recovery cd's usually only work with the hdd that was supplied with the machine and normally rely on a hidden partition on the drive to recover the system. From what I can make out, the two choices are to a. Follow davidprc's advice or ... b. Buy a new hdd and a system cd at the same time.
I know this sounds a bit negative but I really don't see any other way round it.
It should work with another XP home disc and your key as long as it is an OEM version.
If the Mesh CD has full XP on it but still won't work you can use this slipstream method to extract windows from it and make it bootable just miss out the bit to intergrate SP2 if it already has it click here this is what I had to do to get the HP 1 working.