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#1 2010-04-22 23:17:47

#! CrunchBanger
Registered: 2009-09-06
Posts: 214

Feels like a dirty question but....

I am about to donate my nice samsung nc10 to my daughter. It has !#cb on a single partition. Naturally! And she is very happy with it. The first thing I did when I bought it was to erase the windows xp partition. Naturally!
However, she made need to have access to windows for her university studies.
Any ideas on how I could go about reinstalling xp (so she can dual boot if needed) after having wiped the original recovery partition; am not in possession of any installation disks.
I think I can get the various drivers from the Samsung site, but no way I am going to buy a new copy of xp.
Any ideas, experiences?


Be excellent to each other!

#2 2010-04-23 00:05:03

Part of the Machine
From: Ontario, Canada
Registered: 2009-06-29
Posts: 1,489

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

Contact the manufacturer, they might send you the recovery disks.
With my latest laptop, it had the recovery partition, it also came with two disks (one 32bit one 64bit) which allowed for reinstall.
If you dont have an extra copy of Xp/Vista or 7, and you don't have the recovery disks/ partitions, there really is nothing you can do but buy another copy (or obtain a illegal copy).


#3 2010-04-23 00:18:29

#! Die Hard
Registered: 2009-10-01
Posts: 1,020

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

Just wanted to propose.. ask them.. I think with your computers serial number you should get a backup..

or try Wine for the windows software?

eee701 user & other lap/desktops


#4 2010-04-23 07:09:36

#! Die Hard
From: the Netherlands
Registered: 2010-03-07
Posts: 1,204

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

You probably still have the registration number? You can download the same version of windows xp (torrent). If you use your reg number it's not even illegal. Or am i wrong?   

Although i never cared much about this issue smile 
I prefer to pay for free software wink


#5 2010-04-23 07:38:00

#! Junkie
From: barcelona
Registered: 2009-01-26
Posts: 416

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

You have the options to get another copy of Xp (buy, ask, torrent). As for reinstalling, it's going to be a opain as Windows needs to be installed before Linux, unless you are familiar with reinstalling Grub.

Personally, as you did have a legal copy of Xp, I would download the same version via torrent, backup all the Crunchbang files, or even the entire partition, then install Xp and Crunchbang after that.


#6 2010-04-23 07:58:24

#! Die Hard
Registered: 2009-02-18
Posts: 596

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

You can create bootable usb-stick with XP-install disk if you don't have external cd-rom.
With that stick you can simply install XP on your netbook as on regular PC.

For sure XP will remove all your data so backup it.

After installing XP you can easlly install #! with grub (bootmanager) which will pick up your XP partition as well.
I've used this method to install XP on my eeepc (sd-disk) for GPS module (GPS - navigation) and all worked well.


#7 2010-04-25 11:45:27

#! CrunchBanger
Registered: 2009-12-12
Posts: 142

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....


#8 2010-04-25 17:51:51

#! Die Hard
From: Munich, Germany
Registered: 2010-03-21
Posts: 597

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....


#9 2010-04-25 19:42:12

New Member
From: City 17
Registered: 2009-11-01
Posts: 5

Re: Feels like a dirty question but....

I too have had good luck with XP and Virtualbox - the binary not the ose version. I have used it for my daughter's itunes and for updating my Garmin. There's just something satisfying about running windows as a mere application under linux.......


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