I have a compaq PC that came with windows XP home pre-installed. I do not have a CD with the windows XP (never got one with the PC). I think the windows/system files reside on the “D” drive partition.
I want to format the hard drive and re-install the windows XP. Not sure if this is possible without the CD…Please advise.
If this is a store bought pc then you should have partition on the HDD that contains the image to make recover cd/dvd for you compaq. If not contact HP/Compaq to order your recover cd/dvd. That way you will restore it to factory settings and then after that customize it and make a Acronis image of the HDD to restore your new settings. You program if from HP should have the Sonic or Roxio express burning program that will create the cd/dvd from the image on the D: partitons.