Barrykneeshaw 03:05 05 Jan 2004

General question from a learner...
I bought my PC from PC World with Windows XP pre-installed & only got a recovery CD including XP Home.
Presumably the recovery CD puts everything back where it was, but I now have had to replace the CD-RW (last one died) with another make. If my PC now dies & has to be "recovered" using the disk will it still work because I have a different CD-RW? Why wasn't I given an XP disk instead of a recovery CD? Someone muttered something about OEM to me. What is that? And... can just buy XP separately & install it instead of recovery, after all, XP seems to find all my hardware!
Basic stuff, but I am still a learner...

  antoni34 05:00 05 Jan 2004

Replacing your CD-ROM should not affect your copy of XP, as XP uses keys generated by hardware items such as CPU,Motherboard,Hard Drive, Graphics Card when you register your version of windows.
If you want to buy another copy of XP, you will have to remove the version already installed (I think)

  accord 06:21 05 Jan 2004

OEM = Original equipment manufacturer

No need to buy a full version of XP home as you have that on your recovery disk. I have a Mesh recovery disc, and will only use it when i want to reformat or when asked to by XP.

The different CDR/RW will make no difference at all.

  Barrykneeshaw 00:29 06 Jan 2004

Thanks all! I am reassured about the recovery disk. XP IS expensive to buy so on your advice I'll stick with the recovery one. Ta, again!

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