could anyone advise? i have a dell pc that runs on xp....i have activation code on side of pc but i have no windows disc or restore disc. do i need the original windows disc?, or can i use someone elses disc and insert my code on the pc? or have i got to bite the bullet and buy the whole xp package.
Dell supply a restore program on a hidden partition. When you first switch on there should be a blue bar across the top of the screen. When you see this immediately press Ctrl-F11. This will activate the restore program. Follow the on-screen instructions. But if you have already tried to reinstall using another disc, which is illegal, you could well have wiped off this restore program. If this is the case you have no choice but to buy another full retail version of XP. You cannot use another disc with your code.