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Are Recovery Discs No Longer Avaliable For Your Windows XP Machine?
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I work for a major electronics retailer in there computer repair department and I have been noticing a trend. A customer will need to bring in their recovery discs, because either their machine had a bad hard drive or it was so infected it just needed to be restored. But the customer no longer has the discs and when they try to order them from the computer manufacturers they are informed that they are no longer made or sold. So what to do then, well there is a solution.

Most of these computers came with Windows XP which was offered new on all mainstream computers from late 2001 to early 2007, and then on Netbooks and Nettops till about 2009. That is a really great run. During this time computer manufacturers also stopped giving out the restore discs with the computers instead relying on the customer to create a set. This is how every manufacture is today with the exception of Samsung computers. The manufacturers usually do not support much after about five or six years old so for these older machines what can be done if they need a restore.

Well they need at least a copy of Windows XP and you can still buy it online today. Most of these machines don't need all the extra software they came with that made them slow anyway so this could be a solution that keeps older computers running for a while.

Now I will say that you may need to install some drivers to get everything working properly, however if you do not feel comfortable you can take you computer with the Windows XP disc to any local computer repair shop and have them do it. A lot of them have a flat fee to install Windows and the drivers that are needed for it to function.

It is easy to find a copy of Windows XP today and you can usually get a copy for cheaper then when it was first released. Doing so I think will be a great way to keep that older computer on the information superhighway.

All in all if someone likes their machine, why not just fix it instead of buying a new one. While the prices of new machines have come down a lot depending on the repair it may be just as well to fix what you have, or at least fix it and sell it and that is who this information is for. And I hope it helps some people out. For more information check out Useful Windows article which goes more in depth.


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