Where can I get a Windows XP Media 2005 installation disc from, in order to reinstall to my Dell 5150?? I do have the MS serial number for the PC. It would seem that the recovery partition is no longer there.
I had such a disc , supplied by Evesham. However when I did a reinstall after a format, the Media Centre bit was difficult to reinstall partly due to the vast number of updates to XP and in particulaly .NET Framework since about 4 years ago. I now have Media Centre on Windows 7 as part of W7 Home Premium and above so maybe move to W7 if your PC is compatible.
I am not bothered about the Media Centre bit at all, all I want to do is format the drive and install XP onto it, but I am given to understand that you cannot use a standard Win XP Home installation disc on a PC that has had Windows XP Media Edition on it and use the origial Microsoft XP Media Edition serial number to install.
Thanks for PM, sorry a DVD was no help. There would be 5 years worth of updates to do... As you say pc is working well but is just full of junk, I would advise a good cleanup and then use something like AcronisTI to make an image for future backup and reinstalls
Is it just extra programs and files that are the 'junk' ?
I would like to express my thanks directly on this forum to Lotvic for the assistance given in resolving my problem. Thinking back many, many years ago when I started to mess about on computers,you had no-one to assist you but had to just muddle on and sort it out yourself, -(although you did learn a lot).
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