when you buy a computer isn't it supposed to come with the os cd as well?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by benlangdon, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    i need a service pack 2 windows cd.
    last windows machine i had only has a service pack 1 cd and the service pack 2 on a separate update cd.

    my mom and sister both have windows computers.
    and i am having no luck finding there cd's.
    arent they supposed to come with one, because they have no clue and i have searched a lot.
  2. priller macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2007
    A lot of pc's only come with recovery partitions now.
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Why don't you just buy a legit copy? If their machine is old it most likely came with service pack 1 and they downloaded the update to service pack 2. I assume you are trying to install xp on your mac right....
  4. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    Even if you found the discs, it wont allow the install or it will not activate once installed because you would be using OEM disks.

    So you would need to purchase a license regardless. Might as well get the needed discs along with it.
  5. TJones macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    That's the crappy thing about OEM licenses of Windows is that they are tied to the machine and not transferable.
  6. benlangdon thread starter macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    really? same with mac?
    i have my old disc and i remember installing it on a bunch of different comps, even making copies

    thanks guys:)

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