Can I get my restore CD to work on another computer?

Note: This document is relating to an OEM restore CD and not a standard Microsoft Windows CD that you may have purchased from a retail store. A Microsoft Windows CD will work with any computer.

The majority of restore and recovery CD's used by an OEM has been specifically designed for the computer it came with and therefore will not work with other computers. Often a restore CD made by the same manufacturer may not even work with other computers the same manufacture built. If you've lost the CD that came with your computer it's recommended you contact the manufacturer of that computer to obtain a new copy or purchase a copy of Windows from a local software retail store.

What can happen if I use a CD from a different computer?

Often if successful at getting the restore CD to start and complete, it's likely you'll encounter various hardware issues. Either with the drivers installed for the hardware used with the computer the CD was designed for or missing drivers for the hardware you have installed in the computer.

Additional information

  • See the restore disk definition for further information and related links.