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Old September 13th 09, 08:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.software
mummy_bear67
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Default windows me put back on laptop

hi i just purchased a 2nd hand laptop. it originally had windows me on it but
was upgraded by the previous owner to windows xp but i think this may not be
a registered copy. how can i put windows me back on the laptop without the
program on disk but i have the code for it on the bottom of the laptop.
thanks, julie
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Old September 13th 09, 09:01 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.software
Noel Paton[_3_]
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Default windows me put back on laptop

There's no *legal* way to do it unless you have the original OEM disks (or
can get hold of them from the supplier) - but there are acceptable ways.
1) (legal) - go to the Manufacturer's website, and see if they can supply a
set of disks for you.... it may be cheap enough to be a realistic option.
2) (legal-ish) - find a copy of OEM ME for sale on eBay or like - so long as
it's shrink-wrapped it should be OK - use your own key for installation
(BEWARE that some OEM versions are 'BIOS-locked' and will only work on the
OEM's machines - so make sure that the vendor's machine is the same as
yours)
3) Google for a Windows ME OEM disk download torrent - but BEWARE, a lot of
same come with unwelcome 'visitors', so scan with at least two AV's before
use! strictly not legal, but no-one is likely to fault you at this time.
4) Find a friend with an OEM copy of ME (likely to be few and far between) -
strictly not legal,- but then who but you and your friend are going to know,
and no-one is likely to sue you even if they find out

Beyond that, there are any number of variations on the above - and it may be
that the machine could even be running a legal copy of XP!
(What's the Product ID shown on the System page? - what happens if you try
and go to Windows Updates and choose the Custom option?)

HTH
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Noel Paton
CrashFixPC

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www.crashfixpc.co.uk
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hi i just purchased a 2nd hand laptop. it originally had windows me on it
but
was upgraded by the previous owner to windows xp but i think this may not
be
a registered copy. how can i put windows me back on the laptop without the
program on disk but i have the code for it on the bottom of the laptop.
thanks, julie


 




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