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Im after some advice from the more PC techy among you :)

My faithful thinkpad R50e is in need of a rebuild i think. The HD is full, i'd like to fit a bigger drive, and the installation of XP home is over 2 years old and a bit cranky now. Its got 2gb of ram so it should be quite a good machine in theory, but i think the OS is a bit fucked (this is as techy as i get... its fucked :lol:)

I have:
Recovery discs i created when the machine was about six months old (yeah - should have done it on day 1... oops)
Product key label for the original install of XP home.

I would ideally like to:
Do a full fresh install of XP home onto a new bigger HD... and all the hardware drivers etc for the R50e.

Now... i dont have a proper copy of XP. Ive got these mickey mouse recovery discs.

What do i do ? Buy another copy of XP and have 2 licenses ? Try and use these recovery CDs ? What is the exact process i need to go through to rebuild this PC ?

Any help appreciated :)
 

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Seriously? Save a bit of cash and buy a USB external hard disk. Laptop hard drives dont' go overly big and they dont' come cheap - on the other hand, you can get 500Gb externals for less than £100 now.

And then just use your recovery disk as normal on your laptop if you so wish. Admittedly you don't quite get the portability but just be picky about what you put where.
 

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How big's the hard disk in the machine? I've never done any hardware swapping in a laptop but I know it's not nearly as straightforward as in a desktop (except for maybe upgrading memory) so if you don't have to do it then I wouldn't. It would be a lot easier to maybe get an external hard disk if you can live with the existing internal drive.

As far as xp goes, you have the product key so you can use any xp cd (you can probably download it from somewhere) and use your key when you do the install...
 

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Its got a 40gb drive presently. About 10gb of that is my files. I just did a search and found 3645 .exe files. Theres just loads of crap on here ! I really think a fresh install of the OS is the best way to go.

External storage.... ive made three in the last year. Two are baby 20gb ones using an old laptop HD and a three quid ebay caddy... the other is 80gb. Im fucking sick of using externals.

What to do ?!
 

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Justification:

Bargain 500gb external drive for £70. Good make, too:

http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4TJL&CategorySelectedId=11003&InMerch=1

250 Gb Internal for £79: (Actually, this is a bloody good deal to be fair if your laptop is SATA)

http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.asp...Mode=1&NavigationKey=11154,47250000&InMerch=1

In response to the above post, though, swapping a lappy hard drive isn't difficult as long as you're a bit delicate.
The laptop drive is SATA.... thats the sort of thing i want.

Is there just one sort of 2.5inch SATA drive ? I once bought some RAM and got the wrong one :rolleyes:
 

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Yup, you're fine.
Cool cheers.

So - what to do about getting a proper Xp home disc... can i really download it from somewhere ? Ive searched limewire for it and there seems to be a few.... but am i leaving myself open to any old shite if i do that ?

Ironically - i trust the flashy gold disc of Microsoft more than something i downloaded from the same place you get porn films from :D
 

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Your recovery disk might do it mate - it just depends on how it works. Hopefully it'll have all the data on the disk, too and not reply on backups on the disk - it's a bit shite if not really because you've lot your laptop in the event of a HDD failure.

If not then i'm not 100% sure. I don't know enough about windows licensing to say but I know that you'll probably find getting a downloaded copy working properly to be a bit of a ballache.
 

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Anyone got an original XP home disc i could borrow ? Faithful promise to return in good condition from me.

Beers if anyone will help :)
 

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that's a good point actually - did it come with XP pre-installed? my machine (about 6 months old) came with vista and it has about a 10gig partition with the system recovery stuff bunged on it plus a recovery cd to sort it out in the event of disaster. I got rid of vista but I've kept the partition just in case I ever want to use vista
 

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that's a good point actually - did it come with XP pre-installed? my machine (about 6 months old) came with vista and it has about a 10gig partition with the system recovery stuff bunged on it plus a recovery cd to sort it out in the event of disaster. I got rid of vista but I've kept the partition just in case I ever want to use vista
XP home pre-installed.

I want to get a fresh install of XP home... without all the stuff that they bundled onto the disc image.

I need a proper XP home disc. Or do i ? ;)
 

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I've got a copy of XP on cd but it's a 'backup' copy and I'm not sure how kosher it is... personally I run something called tiny xp that is a stripped down version that cuts out a lot of the bloated stuff you normally get with windows software. I'll happily send you the xp cd if you want but I can't vouch for it although I ran it on my old machine for several years with no trouble (I never went to windowsupdate.com though ;) ) and with your key it might be ok.
 

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I've got a copy of XP on cd but it's a 'backup' copy and I'm not sure how kosher it is... personally I run something called tiny xp that is a stripped down version that cuts out a lot of the bloated stuff you normally get with windows software. I'll happily send you the xp cd if you want but I can't vouch for it although I ran it on my old machine for several years with no trouble (I never went to windowsupdate.com though ;) ) and with your key it might be ok.
Is it a backup of a windosw xp home disc? Im sure that would work. I have a license ! Midrosoft make this so hard for users.

I guess they want to help hardware manufacturers sell new gear by making it hard for simple users to rebuild their own stuff. :(
 
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