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Reformatting Computer with No OS Disk

I have a question...

I work at a school and we are mostly an all Dell shop, so when I need to reformat a computer, any Dell disk works.  You just plug in the authenticity number when the computer asks you for it and go from there.  However, I have a nice Vaio here that needs to be reformatted.  I do not have any of its software though.  Basically all I need is to reinstall Windows on there and I can handle all the rest of the software.  The way Dell makes its OS disks, you can not use them on other types of machines.  What I'm asking is, does anyone know how I can reformat this machine and put Windows back on with no disk?  Thanks to everyone in advance!
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tchristman
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tchristman
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
Call the OEM to get a copy of the OEM CDs.  Or, purchase a copy of the OS flavor you want.
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
BTW:  There's no "LEGAL" way to accomplish this without the orginal OEM CDs...OR a puchased copy of Windows!
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upul007Commented:
If the laptop came preloaded with no CD's your supplier may also be able to help or the local reseller/support office.
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tchristmanAuthor Commented:
If I purchase a copy of Windows, I can use a different COA number and have it install correctly right?
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
upul007, I believe I said that already.

tchristman, correct...it will be provided with the copy.
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tchristmanAuthor Commented:
I know it will be provided with the copy but can I use a different one (the one that is currently on the back of the computer) with the new XP disk?
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
No
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FriarTukCommented:
           http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994    "xp bootdisks"
            http://www.bootdisk.com
            http://www.allbootdisks.com

if the system has a recovery partition, check sony's website on how to use it.
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ClickCentricCommented:
The COA code is designed for a specific revision (not version) of windows.  Revisions are subversions that are typically relative to a group of 'builds' which are usually relative to the level of service packs and/or updates and/or features that are available in the given product.

That being said, if you get another disc of the same revision, it IS legal to use it to install.  The license is relative to the installation, not the physical media.  Microsoft doesn't actually like it, but it is legal.  So if you have a valid code, all you need is a disc with the same revision level as what your computer came with.
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