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Re-installing a genuine copy of Win XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by maverickrbl, May 29, 2006.

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  1. maverickrbl

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    Hi!

    I got my PC from someone with Windows XP already installed, now there is a pop up which says that my copy of Windows is not genuine. I am a student and have gotten a Windows XP Professional with SP2 (Single User) ISO Image which allows me install a copy on my PC. I would like to reinstall with this new product without losing all my data and software, could someone please help and tell me how to go about doing this.

    Thanks.

    Maverickrbl
     
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  3. Old Rich

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    Hi and welcome. You have the install cd created already correct? You just can't use the iso image....
     
  5. Old Rich

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    Good catch . . I missed the ISO image point . .
     
  6. maverickrbl

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    no i don't have the install cd, just a file with a .iso extention
     
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    You're misunderstanding. You have to use the .iso image to burn a cd, so that you can use it to boot the computer with, thus starting the installation of XP.

    Do you have a burning program on the computer, a cd burner and a blank cd?
     
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    Thanks, that clears up the confusion. Will i lose my data when i reinstall with the cd?
     
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    I'd back up, just in case. "USUALLY" on a repair install, everything will be intact, but if you have ANYTHING AT ALL important, don't take the chance.
     
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    There's an echo in here . . .
     
  13. ozrom1e

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    Well, the echo is just giving the instructions to the member to accomplish the task a little easier.
     
  14. Old Rich

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    see post #2
     
  15. PaulTaylor4

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    You dont have to re-install windows to get rid of the Genuine Windows advantage issue.

    I forget the exact name of the file off hand, but if you look in the running processes you will see a file that looks something like Waudga.exe or similar.

    If you do a Find File search you will see it is coming from the \\windows\system32\prefetch folder.

    Just re-boot the PC into Safe mode with command prompt. Navigate to this folder and delete the file concerned using the DOS DEL command.

    Reboot PC, problem sorted.

    P.T.
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  16. ~Candy~

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    You missed the point Paul. He has a pirated version of XP on it right now. He's trying to get it legal ;)
     
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