The hard drive in my Compaq desktop died. I installed a new drive and tried
to install Windows XP Home from a Dell OEM CD and a friend's store bought XP
When the installer asked for the product key, I typed in the key on the
Windows sticker that came with the Compaq. Both times the installer barked
that my key was invalid.
I have checked and retyped the key many times to make sure I read the
character correctly. Is this normal? Why won't Windows accept my OEM key?
Is my only action to purchase another copy of Windows XP Home?
ThanxWhat you are seeing is normal for your key and a Dell or retail CD..
You need to use the Compaq CD.
... . The system is scheduled to run
chkdsk on startup - giving the message "One of your disks needs to be checked
for consistency" - but while checking Indexes (second phase), it freezes at 4%.
I've bypassed this screen and it goes into Windows fine, but if I run a manual
scandisk from Disk Manager, it freezes again at 4%. I even went into command
line safemode and ran chkdsk from command line and same thing.
My experience with Windows stops with Windows 2000, so I'm not sure what other
troubleshooting options are available under XP. I'm about to pull the hard
drive and slave it in another XP box and run chkdsk from that system. Also, the
computer owner is heading home during lunch to pick-up his XP Home CD. Any
tools on the CD that might help? I' ...
I am restoring my dell pc due to HD failure, using all OEM CD's. Will I have
to reactivate Win XP Home, and if so will I have to jump thru any special
hoops with MS, or can I do this over the net for a 2nd time?.
thanks for any input.Hi
If you have replaced the HD, you may not be able to reinstall XP if you have
an OEM version. They are 'tied' to the first system that they are installed
Hello everybody, hoe someone could help me.
I installed Win XP SP2 on two PCs, one has a SATA drive partitioned as
C:10GB and D:60GB. The other one has an IDE HDD with the same partitioning.
I installed the system on C on both PCs.
In the one with the IDE drive almost 8GB are left as free space while in the
one with the SATA drive lestan 5GB are ledt (which are not enough for my
Can anybody tell me why may this happend? what am I doing wrong? how can I
e,Did you format them both with the default cluster size of 4096? If you used
larger clusters on the SATA versus the IDE, this "may" account for the
... XP Home Edition.
I went to download a WIN XP Update, but could not find one. I feel
that somethings askew somewhere and I don't know what to do. Is there
a compatible version of GOBACK? Is Win XP just fibbing?
That message is from Go-Back and not Windows.
If something is fibbing, it most likely is Go-Back.
Check the documentation for your version of Go-Back and verify it is
compatible with Windows XP.
If available, the patch would be available from Symantec:
Since 3.0 seems to be the newest, you should not have compatibility
However you left System Restore on.
Lowering the space to 0% does not turn it off.
Go to System Restore.
Click System Restore Settings on left side.
Check box "Turn off System Restore"
... on which I had stored all of my data
was not assigned a drive letter.
This drive does not appear in My Computer, although it is listed in Device
Manager and Computer Management as being "healthy" and "online". The "assign
drive letter" option in Computer Management has been grayed out.
How do I restore access to this drive?
DenisSince you did a clean reinstallation, was the slave drive in the computer
when you obtained it? If not did you install it? How did you install it?.
Did you try reinstalling the HD?Thanks for your response.
The hard drive (120GB Western Digital WD1200BB) was previously moved from
another computer. It had been in the current computer and functioning
normally for about two years until the reinstallation of Win XP Home ...
... , I am unable to launch programs from Win XP Home
edition. If I try to activate af shortcut on my desktop or a program
in my start menu, nothing happens. If I on the other hand try to cut
out the command from the properties dialog and run it manually, the
program will start. Programs which launch secondary processes also
fail. E.g. I can force Norton antivirus to open doing the manual
trick, but when hitting the scan button, the scan process does not
I am not really sure, what caused this problem. I have installed some
security paches from Microsoft and a program called Network stumbler
last week, so maybe one of these is the cause of the problem, but
there is nothing in my event log to help me trace the problem. Hope
someone can help me with this one!
My new computer came with XP Home. I own an older version of XP
professional. How do I get the XP Professional on my computer without
messing up any of the current settings?Hi,
Its possible to "upgrade" your win XP home to win XP pro, keeping your
existing settings, programs and data. In the installation wizard of win XP
pro, in the installation type select upgrate. You could allow it to download
new setup files though. Hope this info is accurate.
My desktop PC is dead. I would like to buy only the base unit but I am not
sure what problems there are with installation of Win XP home Edition, i.e.
"taking it" from the old computer and installing it on the new or reusing
the old hard drive, particularly in terms of
a) dealing correctly with any legal and protection issues imposed by
b) actually doing it
I would like to reuse the hard drive from the old computer where the OS is
installed but I am not sure if that helps at all. I presume I could not
just connect an old hard drive to the new motherboard and expect it to work,
I have XP CD for my old computer .On the packet it says For distribution
only with a new PC and there is the lable with a key
Thanks for your help
DivochNormally, and assuming ...
... of Win XP Home on my computer with various Windows system files, folders, and components scattered all over the place. My goal is to get this machine cleaned up, therefore increasing its performance and stability. (What a concept). I would like to perform this task in the most efficient and accurate method possible. If it's best to wipe everything out and start over, that would be fine.
You probably have guessed that I am not a computer person, but I am able to follow instructions. (I just need to find the correct ones). I have plenty of blank CDs, a burner, and I also have another computer that I could network with. (If I only knew how). I have been researching the different methods of setting up a peer-to-peer network. I have a DSL line and both computers are connected to the same ...
I think that I installed 2 copies of windows xp sp2 on my master hard drive
because there is alot of used GB after a complete reinstall. How would I tell
if I have 2 XP's running and how would i fix this?HOW TO Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022
In XP, press WinKey-Break,(or start/run 'sysdm.cpl'), Advanced Tab, "Start Up and Recovery" area, Settings button, then edit the old
line out with the edit button. Reboot, and delete the files for the old OS. Don't format C:, you need stuff in C: root.
I have two computers running Win XP Pro. On 1 computer when you boot up it
does not go to welcome screen, it log directly into my account, on the other
if I change option to not use welcome screen it shows the box wanting a
password, which if I hit enter it starts up, I would like it to skip this
and just log into my account. Any ideas.
Try downloading MS "Tweak UI" from here:
Thanks and best of luck!
I know that Windows XP Home has support for dual-core processors. However,
I've been reading that it does not support SMP.
What this means to me is that Home users can assign certain apps to certain
cores, but can not take advantage of multithreaded apps, correct?
Basically, I just want to know if XP Home supports SMP.Correct.
If you have two separate processors, it can use only one of them.
No, as you correctly read, and as I said above.However XP Pro does. It is one of the differences between the two versions.
Also while XP Home does support HyperThreading the result is that it does
not support dual core properly, you lose a major chunk of the benefit.
Silly question time.
I am going to fix my friend computer that has a bootleg XP Pro. I am going
to install my XP Home official software instead.
If I do this will I have to download all the mouse and keyboard drivers etc.
or will they load automatically when XP Home installs ? What about sound
card and graphics card drivers etc. What do I do about them. Will the
computer find them automatically ?Dawn;
Since there is no downgrade path from Windows XP Pro to Home, you will need
to perform a Clean Installation of Windows XP Home.
The mouse and keyboard drivers should be OK.
But you may need to download sound , video, etc.
If Windows XP Pro has the drivers, most likely Home does as well.
You should check with the hard drive manufacturer.
I have a homebuilt computer running WIN XP PRO on an AMD processor.
This computer has recently developed a problem that is exhibitied by
uncommanded operating system shutdowns followed by a power off. All
facets of the shuttdown appear to be normal and when the system is
restarted it appears to start normally with no error messages. There
also does not appear to be a time correlation and there is no apparent
I originally thought this was an overheating probem so I changed both
the power supply and the processor cooling fan and added a larger heat
sink on the processor. This has had no effect.
Any help would be appreciated.Have you checked Event Viewer to see if there are any entries
related to these events?
There's always the possibility that you' ...
Had a proper version of XP home upgrade on my pc. My pc died and I ended up
buying a new one which came with a full XP home on it. Now my upgrade sits
there defunct after paying a lot for it on ly a few months ago. Can I put it
on my old laptop that has Win98 on it or is it locked to my old pc.Hi,
An Upgrade version of Windows is a retail version, therefore it is
transferable to a different machine. Retail versions are not locked to the
system they are originally installed on. All that is technically required is
that it only be used on one machine (and you must have a qualifying OS for
the upgrade version).
Bart's PE Builder-Can I build under Windows 2K Pro with Win XP Home or
Pro in CD drive?
I want to build PE Builder so it works under Win XP Home and Pro, but
do not want to load XP on my computer yet (I help others with PC
problems). I have Win 2k on my machine as Fat32
I ran across a situation the other day where it would have come in
handy due to a WIN XP home installation where you could not even get
into Safe Mode. Problem with LSass.exe and authentication after trying
reinstall of Win XP Home and use of Recovery Console. This was due to
the infamous 0x80040507 error that no one seemed to resolve easily.
Thanks for any help
Joedont think so but the best place to find a work around (if there is one) is
in the forum
Good luck, hope this helpsRoger thanks for you info, it was half the answer. Other was del of the
extra windows folder which left the winnt file that had my orginal stuff
that worked , now all is fine.Hi pes,
Glad to be of use :)
Thanks for the feedback.Thanks for your help Roger it gave me half of the needed answer to fix the
dual XP on C drive trouble.
pesRoger..thanks for your advise it had one of the areas needed to fix my 2
versions of XP on the C drive. I used your example of "Right click the My
Computer icon/Properties/Advanced/Startup and
Recovery/Settings/System Startup/Edit." The boot loader showed 2 different
programs to choose from on start up. One was Windows the other was WinNT. I
always thought a Windows folder held the files I need to run ...
... work upgraded the O/S to
Win2000 a few years back, and everything had been fine.
Now the machine seems to have been taken over with spy and adware galore.
I've tried a number of programs to clean it up to no avail. So I'm ready to
format the HD and reinstall the O/S.
I have two other machines (desktop and laptop) with XP home. If I
understand XP correctly I can't install from any system discs I would have
received with these system purchases (XP came loaded on the machines).
The oldest PC that I'm looking to reinstall has the Win2000, but I don't
have the installation disc. So I can't resinstall/install Win 2000 from
Any advice on which O/S to install and how to go about it?
ThanksYou'll need to purchase a "Full Version" ...
When I did the install of win xp home, it assigned random passwords for all
users. I did the setupact.log and could not find the line random password for
username xxxx. What I did notice was alot of files not copied during install.
what do I do now?Well I don't know what you did - I've NEVER seen ANY version of Windows
"assign random passwords"......
... as I have supported MS all along. Is it
possible to use something like Norton Ghost and creating an Image of my hard
drive? If I do that will I need those disks? If I create an image what will
stay and what will I have to replace? I guess I could hit the thrift stores
and hope I run across a copy of the old disks.
Thanks for your time,
AlYou will need the old OS for a new installation of XP,You do not need the old OS
to do a "repair" installation of XP.
Norton Ghost would work for creating an image of your existing drive in case of
a malfunction where you would need to reinstall.....the image would work.It
creates an exact image of everything you have on that drive at that point in
time......go to the Norton website and it will explain it in more detail.
Anyone know if this can be done
I have windows xp home on my computer and i have purchased xp pro
will it upgrade home edition or do i have to do a clean instal
anyone know if this can be done
thanksYes it can be done and very easily.
While at the Desktop, simply insert the windows XP Pro CD and follow
the prompts for an upgrade.
Data should be safe, back-up important data just in case.I make a backup and this procedure is ok but
I have a problem now
and now when I start my computer a fail error apear:
Windows product Error:
Code Error 0 * 80004005
Win can't Check the licence of the computer
(this is a french version error message)The original and upgrade must both be the same language.
Are they both French?
... . A repair install failed
after deleting some files.
I installed another copy of XP Home on HD 0, Part 1 (second
partition). Both drives are primary partitions formated NTFS. The
current configuration is:
The "system drive" is the original Part 2, called C:. That's where
The "boot drive" is the new installation on Part 1, called R:. This is
where the active WINDOWS folder is.
BOOT.INI has only one Win XP entry, pointing to Part 2. Something in
Part 2 (C:), I don't know what, sets systemroot to be R:\WINDOWS.
I do not have dual booting.
Using the new installation, I fixed the permissions on the C: drive.
Now I want to do a repair installation on the C: drive. The Windows XP
CD does not offer a repair installation.
If I can do a successful ...
Ive just bought Win XP Home upgrade on E-Bay.It is an original disk with product code etc,and is not 'alegedly' being used on any other computer. Will I be able to use it? I have a Win 98 CD-ROM with product key already installed
Thanks in advance!Greetings --
No way to know until you try it. Personally, I'd never buy
software on eBay; there's no way to verify, in advance, the legitimacy
of the licenses, and eBay makes only token efforts to keep its sellers
I want to upgrade to an Athlon 64 cpu and have Win XP home sp 2 but it is
only 32 bit.
Will I need to buy the XP 64 bit OS to make it work or can I upgrade
something into my existing OS to make it work ?
ThanksThe Athlon64 CPU fully supports 32-bit operating systems.
I really need some help everyone. New build system with the following
MSI 975X Platinum Power Up Edition
Pentium D 945 Processor
2 gig of ram
Nvidia GeForce 7600GT
System starts sleep mode and freezes, does not go into standby at all.
I already checked bios and ACPI is enabled on S1 state. All is ok that
I see, i've installed the latest drivers from Nvidia, upgraded the
firmware on motherboard, and even tried re-installing a fresh copy of
Windows XP Home on it. Still no luck. Well, I had luck once, I
installed bootvis program and it did go into standby while testing
system, but it happened only a few times, now it is not working again.
All help is greatly appreciated, i've googled for answer and can't find
a solution so far. PLEASE HELP, thank you so much for ...
When going to update WIN XP home, it says I need
administrator privileges, well, I am the administrator
and I have all privileges. I do not use and never have
had a password for this computer. It won't let me
continue, even by trying to change user or any other
instructions update site gives to try.http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=326686
"Windows Update Was Disabled by Your System Administrator" Error Message
"Administrators Only" Error Message When You Attempt to Use the Windows