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Bill Nash
10-12-2014, 01:27 PM
Does anyone have a copy of XP or 7 that I could borrow/purchase? I need to re-format my desktop.

Upper Decker
10-13-2014, 12:17 PM
1) I strongly suggest not going with windows xp. It has no support at all from Microsoft. After day zero ( when Microsoft stopped supporting it) a myriad of exploits came out with no fixes.

2) If your PC has a valid windows COA on it somewhere ( 25 character alphanumeric key) you can download your copy of windows via bit torrent or through Microsoft. Put it on a formatted thumb stick. A few clicks and you're done.

If you need instructions on installing from a USB stick. Post here so you don't get stuck installing unnecessary third party software.

Hans
10-13-2014, 02:52 PM
You can get them for free, just follow the instructions below.
Avoid using third party installation media as they may have been modified.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/248995/how-to-install-windows-7-without-the-disc.html

You can use phone support to re-activate your installation if it is not an OEM installation. If it is OEM it will activate itself if you use the standard OEM keys.
http://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/how-to-activate-windows-7-oem-license-using-a-retail-disc/

Bill Nash
10-13-2014, 06:37 PM
Thanks loads, ...