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Where Can I Download Media CD / ISO

Posted on 2008-10-23
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I have a legit version of Win XP Home SP1 with key and everything but my CD has a crack going right down the middle and no CD drive I own will read it. I bought this a while ago and now I can't find replacement media anywhere. Does anyone know where I can download the media virus free, or know of a way to obtain a replacement CD. I don't want to spend $100 on a new Key. Again, not looking for cracked software, I own a legit copy and a legit key but my media is busted. Thanks.
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by:sk_raja_raja
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Dont waste your hard earned money like that....
you should probably download the trial version from microsoft website,burn it in a cd and install the OS...then you can register with your existing licensing key online or calling MS support...its simple
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I can't remember Microsoft ever offering a trial version of XP home - and if they did, it will not work with an OEM key - which is what came with your computer.  So the suggestion sk_raja_raja makes is not going to work (further, he did not provide a direct link to a page that clearly stated it was an XP download.  The links provided talk about burning ISO files, the XP web page, and what appears to be a general microsoft products info page.

As for what your realistic options are:

1.  If your computer has a copy of the i386 directory on the C: drive, you may be able to use nLite to create a new CD (using slipstreaming and updating your service pack).  I have never tried it, but it MIGHT work.
2.  You can call Microsoft and request a replacement CD.  They will likely charge you $20-40 for the media and the shipping.
3.  Call the maker of your computer and request a replacement CD.
4.  Check ebay.  
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Microsoft provides the steps to obtain additional media here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246 .

If you are a MSDN member you may be able to download the media there as well.

Good luck!

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by:sk_raja_raja
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Oops.....Leew you are correct there is no win xp home edition trial available....i thought it was professional...
As you mentioned i386 is available in c:\ drive..only
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by:respawn
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Well I'm not an MSDN memeber nor am I willing to pay $700 to get a CD. I know this might be frowned upon but does anyone know anyone that might be a MSDN Operating Systems Member that would be able to download the ISO for me? I know it's a longshot but thanks anyhow.
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by:respawn
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Thanks for your help. Your answer was the closest so I'm gona close this off and award the points to you.
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