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Can I Create an XP Recovery Disk with my product Key

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I replaced my hard drive that crashed and I am getting an error message that my system is not completely installed.  Is there a way to get an XP disc if I have my product key.  The disk didn't come with my computer it was preinstalled.  This way I could do a clean install of XP.  Thanks for any help.
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Is the i386 directory on the machine?

Is the I386 directory on the machine?

If so, then you can create a bootable XP CD to take your COA on the sticker....

Create a bootable XP CD from your I386
http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwindowssetupdisk.shtml

I have tested on multiple occassions successfully....

Never tried this link though....
http://www.easydesksoftware.com/recovery.htm#XP
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Of course the ideal method would be to simply call the OEM MFGR, and get a replacement.....
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Well the mfgr offers the recovery disc but not the XP install by itself.  As far as the 1386 file.  I am assuming it was on my original hard drive but not the new replacement one.  As I would think it has nothing on it.  Anyway,  I do appreciate you responding to my question.  Back to the drawing board I guess.
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Well, if you get the recovery disc, you can  restore it, and see if it is present, then make a plain install disc from it....Wont get the RD immediately though....
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I have the recovery discs that came with the computer (4).  Can I get a plain install disc for XP off of that?  If so, how?
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Is there an I386 directory on the CD?

If so, try my first post.....
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The reason I needed this was because of a problem I was having in another thread.  But I have resolved tht and no longer need to create a cd.  Although  I understand about  i1386 directory and appreciate web sites from Punky on where to go for knowledge on doing this.  I will split the points between you because I will probably do this even though I am not in need of it now, just to have it JUST IN CASE.  Thanks for all your help. You guys are Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks, and good luck!!!
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