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#1 sharpie

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 03:34 AM

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I installed a new HDD so I aslo installed a new OS. when I turn on the computer I have to press F8 then I have to select start windows normally then I have to select start Windows XP Pro. If I just turn the computer on and let it do its thing it takes me to a blue Windows set up screen. The screen that is used when installing a new OS. How can I fix this problem? I would like to turn the computer on and have everything start up normally.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:09 AM

Was everything done properly in the installation? Was the installation interrupted or stopped in anyway? Try running SFC (System File Checker) to see and fix an possible errors or missing system files that are stopping you to access XP in a normal way. A tutorial on hwo to use SFC can be found here.

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Edited by david28, 17 March 2008 - 04:11 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:35 AM

What operating system did you install?

Was this a retail or a OEM version?

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:42 PM

windows xp pro. whats OEM?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:24 AM

Did you buy it retail or did it come with your computer?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:44 AM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/136880/partitioning-the-drive/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/136547/download-for-service-pack-2xp-pro/


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Posted 20 March 2008 - 07:00 AM

Before I joined here I had already read up on corporate xp pro not being able to validate with MS genuine advantage.
System administrators download and deploy the updates to their workstations in their corporate networks with special tools
on their servers. After joining here I asked about machines that were being retired not being able to update? I was told that the corporate version of Pro was liscensed to the company and could not be transfered with the computer if they sold or gave it away.

If I got any of this wrong? please correct me!
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:07 PM

Sounds like there's 2 installations here - one that's done and one that's still waiting to finish.

Please boot into the working XP installation. Then go to Start...Run...and type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and then press Enter.

Please describe the hard disks that you find there (and how many partitions are on each).
Also, please look at each partition and note which one's have a WINDOWS or a WINNT directory
Finally, please enable the viewing of hidden and system files and check each hard drive for a coy of the boot.ini file. View the file in Notepad and copy/paste it/them to your next post.

But, frankly, since this is a new installation (and if you only have 1 hard drive) it'll be simpler to just format the drive and start over. You can follow these instructions to install it fresh: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

As this is a corporate version of XP (from your other threads) and you can't install updates - I suspect that this is a pirated copy that you were given. I'm closing this thread based on that assumption. If you believe that I'm in error, please PM me to discuss it.

Edited by usasma, 20 March 2008 - 01:48 PM.
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