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Can anyone tell me how to do a re-install of Windows on a laptop that did not come with a Windows installation DVD? I'm guessing the answer is, "Buy a Windows DVD". Ouch! Thanks in advance.

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Re: Windows query

If you have the license number, should be on the bottom of the Laptop, you can use a friends CD and just type in your license number or you should be able to contact Microsoft to get a replacement copy of the CD.

I assume you have no recovery partition, otherwise I would have expected you would have used that to rebuild.

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Re: Windows query

Recovery partition... What kind of computer is it ? If it didn't come with a CD and it didn't keep bothering you to make a recovery CD set... Then there's probably a magic keystroke when starting the machine that puts it into recovery mode...

Try F-11 or cntrl + F-11

Let me know the make and model and I'll look it up for you..

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Re: Windows query

Alternatively, and if you have access to another computer, you can download Windows 8 and burn it onto a DVD you can use to install on your laptop.
This will have an expiration date but it will allow you to "play" with the new OS before it is released and make your laptop usable for the time being.

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Re: Windows query

What are you running currently on the desktop/laptop?

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