...this may be quite unusual - but then again - it it may not THAT unusual ...
I own a Sony Vajo "PCG FX 805".
Great Display - and the computing power was not that bad eighter a few years ago --> AMD Athlon 1600 something - mobile edition
The Laptop came with Windows XP of course.
And with a valid Windows license (sticker with product key on the back)
and with CD's - which I cannot find.
..but I don't know for what version of windows - I suppose it is the "Home"-Edition.
All the time I had it I have used it to run Linux - Gentoo, to be precise.
I DO have a (pirated - yes: shame on me and all ... ) copy using a volume license key - which is invalidated by now).
How can I go about to install the already paid for and valid copy of Windows XP once again on this machine - without the CD's?
Microsoft Hotlines have - until now - not proven <some degree of> helpful.
Can't even reach humans to speak to.
Why do I want that?
I want to sell it - and possible buyers kind of expect Windows preinstalled - the price will drop dramatically if that's not the case.
If I advertize it as "Gentoo already installed and running nice since ... forever..."
I'll get half the price, if I'm lucky
Same thing with every other flavour of Linux BTW.
Maybe someone can help - while Microsoft seems to be unable to...
All the best to you!