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Duplicate system

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Totalrod2, Jun 22, 2008.

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  1. Totalrod2

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    I know I'm probably touching on a shady area, but here's the deal. My father and I both have Windows XP SP2. And we both have our own license keys and our own installation disks. So there's nothing illegal going on. However, a few weeks ago I had to reinstall Windows on his computer and because we keep both of our disks in the same rolodex, I had no way of knowing who's was who's. Actually, I wasn't even sure until after the fact that it made a difference. But apparently I used my disk and NOT his for the reinstall. Now everytime I turn on my own computer a bubble pops up on the taskbar saying "System Error: a duplicate is in use". My question is this; is there any way of getting rid of that error message without having to reinstall Xp on my father's computer again?
    Bryan
     
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    I changed the "ODBETimer" binary value found in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
    I then tried to reactivate Windows by typing the command:
    %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe /a
    When the Product Activation Wizard launched, it said Windows is already activated. Hmm. Did I mention his computer has a valid key? Here's exactly what the error message reads each time we turn on our PC's: "A Duplicate Name Exists In The Same Network". What next?
    Bryan
     
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