Question about reinstalling Windows
I'd like to help a friend of mine recover Windows XP Home Edition on his machine since he doesn't have the discs to do so. I have a purchased copy of Windows XP Home Edition and was wondering if I can let him use my disc with him using the Windows XP Home Edition product key that's sticked on the back of his pc.
I ask because my guy saw Ubuntu on my machine and wanted to try it out since he saw me doing doing some tricks with the Compiz desktop effects to make it look a bit flashy. I showed him the various distros Linux has and he felt comfortable with Kubuntu since it's interface is kind of looks like Windows.
The thing is tho that he hasn't gotten the hang of it entirely and complains about not understanding the terminal and permission problems he comes across with files, and wants XP back since he didn't partition the installment to have both OSs.
Another reason I ask is because I know Sony is, how do I say?..... picky, about their machines. My guy told me his reinstallment process consisted of 3 VAIO recovery CDs that apparently carried the installment of Windows XP within them. And so I'm now I'm wondering if the key on the back of his machine is only workable for a Sony based installment of Windows(using Sony's distributed recovery disc, nothing else[they can be strict like that]), or if it can be used with any cd of the same Windows OS.
Can it work?