Your harddisk is formatted, so all files are gone. You should install an OS like Windows or Linux. Windows needs FAT32 or NTSF hardisk file format.
To see the version of Windows. Open any folder. Then go to Help menu. click About Windows. You will see the information about your OS.
I hope it will help you.
Not sure but I dont think there is a way you can tell if whether the serial number is for Home or Pro.
If there's a sticker on the laptop, it doesn't mean that the licence will be good. If it was wiped, it's possible that the original license is still in use on new equipment. But, its worth a try.
use ur common sense and watch the windows loading screen. if it home edition the loading screen will read "Windows XP Home" and vice versa. and if tht doesn't show up try going to My Computer>Help>About Windows and check the version. and if none these work, ur laptop is crappy laptop.
whatever it is its OEM. So you're retail CD won't like the key.
ya that is the challenge... the laptop is so old that most of the sticker is gone. You can guess at the license because at least 1/2 of each digit is there but the text around it is gone.
it was an OEM install and no idea on the original CD... it did not come with the laptop.
someone noted about boot screen and help/about
it is formatted and not even DOS or whatever is loaded so it doesnt do anything other than spin. LOL
I did put an OpenBSD CD in and it looked okay but I want to load XP on it.
thanks for the hints... I will try the home version first then pro if required LOL
it is funnybecause there are likely enough licenses floating around for free... just need the CD. I assume it was XP home but since it was on a laptop you never know... but because of cost... likely XP home and then they loaded XP Pro later with another bought license vs an upgrade license LOL
thanks for the posts... will try XP Home... btw... no hints from Microsoft... more info here!!!! GO FriHost!!!!
look on your windows sticker it will say windows home or pro.