I'm trying to re-install Windows XP on an Asus 1005HA. However I have two problems: (1) I lost the recovery CD and (2) the recovery partition on the hard-drive no longer exists. Help!
I'm trying to put Windows XP back on the netbook. It had Windows 7 beta and now shuts down every 2 hours. I don't want to buy Windows 7 for it as I'm probably going to sell the netbook in the future.
My first thought was to just re-install from scratch and then load the drivers from the Asus website. However the CD key on the bottom of the netbook is for "Windows XP Home Edition ULCPC" and I have Windows XP Home Edition.
Can I install Windows XP Home Edition and then use the CD key on the netbook? If not, is there a version on MSDN that I could use? For obvious legal reasons, I don't
want to use my MSDN keys.
I also thought about restoring the recovery partition. However as I mentioned before, I don't have either the CD or the partition. Using Google, I found these instructions
but they assumed you still have the DVD. I also found instructions at the bottom of this forum thread
but found that when I booted the laptop from the USB stick it told me that the Asus recovery files were missing.
My other question:
Does anyone know a way that actually works to get back the recovery partition?