How to re-install windows after wipe

I want to wipe my hard drive becuase over a couple of years it has become a lot slower and i want to try wiping it before i start upgrading it. How can i compeletely wipe a disk but and then re-install windows on it without having to buy a new one. i don't have the original windows disk on it. Do i use the recovery disk, or do i only wipe the non-os partition.
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  1. You'll need to have the Windows CD or another form of the Windows OS itself to reinstall. The recovery CD is only used to help repair a current installation.

    If you've lost the Windows CD, you can try contacting Microsoft to see if you can get another disc.
  2. CDdude55 said:
    You'll need to have the Windows CD or another form of the Windows OS itself to reinstall. The recovery CD is only used to help repair a current installation.

    If you've lost the Windows CD, you can try contacting Microsoft to see if you can get another disc.



    since when can't you reload a system from the recovery disk/partition?
  3. daswilhelm said:
    since when can't you reload a system from the recovery disk/partition?


    Never heard of a OS reinstallation through a recovery disk, granted, i'm ignorant about it since i have never had use a recovery disk and haven't owned an OEM machine is years.
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