CF-18 MK2 Recovery Disks

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  1. acidflux

    acidflux Notebook Enthusiast

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    So i've been searching for the actual discs or images of the recovery disks as we have a few 18's that need to be formatted. Can anyone here assist me with this?

    Thanks alot!
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    Alex Super Moderator

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    If it's for your CF-18DHAZXKM touchscreen units ,Topcop has given you a good link to the disks
     
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    sergeirichard Notebook Guru

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    Do these amount to a new Windows license or do you need that separately?
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    When utilizing the genuine Panasonic CF-29 Series Product Recovery CD-ROM set, the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity (COA) on the bottom of the unit constitutes the license related to that particular unit. Therefore, all you are doing is restoring the unit, at least OpSys-wise, to the condition that had when it left Panasonic's factory.

    Ergo, no new/additional license necessary.
     
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    sergeirichard Notebook Guru

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    Thanks. My problem unfortunately is more complicated. I've upgraded my motherboard. I don't know if that contravenes the license, but the original restore discs certainly won't work. A restore disc for the same model as the new motherboard might work, but would it be legal?
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    In a word (three actually ;)), "No" (license), "Yes" (MoBo Mk#) and "Yes" (legal).

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    Then your solution is to get the restore disks that match the new motherboard
    Or ,you can install using an oem windows xp pro disk using the COA from the bottom of the cf-18
    In that case you will need to install all the correct drivers ,in the correct order

    Here is a post that explains the driver order
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/4504018-post58.html
     
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    sergeirichard Notebook Guru

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    Thanks a lot TopCop1988 and Tomcat57, that sets my mind at rest if I need to follow that route.

    Is it possible though to transfer my existing license - preferably, my existing installation - onto the new hardware? I heard running a Repair install from a full Windows disc would do the trick of installing all the missing drivers. When I tried this though it asked for a key, and neither the original one or the Windows disc's one would work.

    Puzzling... Would it be because the Windows disc was retail rather than OEM? Or because it was Pro rather than Tablet PC? (Or both!?)
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    Nope! The only way to get the Toughbook drivers, outside using the Product Recovery CD-ROM set, is to download them individually from Panasonic and manually install them.

    It's a lot easier to use the Recovery set.

    Go the Recovery set and make it easier on yourself.
     
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