Here’s the problem.
A couple of years ago I purchased a computer with Windows XP pre-installed. There was no disk supplied to reinstall it, but there was a recovery disk that would reset the computer to factory settings. I’ve used it a time or two. I recently had a bad crash, and corrupted my hard drive. The recovery disk does not work. I need an installation disk to reinstall my system. Can I get one from somewhere?
As I understand it, if I go to a shop and buy a Win XP installation disk, I’m really paying for the licence. The disk itself is a trivial expense. I have already paid for a licence for XP. But I don’t have the disk to install it. I don’t want to have to buy a new copy and pay for a licence which I already own. I have kept the receipts, BTW.
First question : am I right about the above paragraph? Is it legal to get a copy of software when you already own a valid licence?
Second question: where can I obtain a copy? Assuming that it is legal, of course. Only answer this question if it is legal, and keep the mods happy.
I live in the UK, near London.