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Xp Pro Sp2 Installation Problem. Please Help!


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#1 karbo1

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 01:59 PM

Hi,

I tried to install XP Pro SP2 on my laptop and somehow my product key was no good. I first reformated my hard drive and Windows installation begun but I had to get out since the product key was invalid.

I finally noticed I had the wrong disk. When I finally found the right disk with the right key, the old installation kept on coming back where I left it. How can I start all over again, with the reformating and reinstallation from scratch? I really don't know how to do this. Is there a special command at reboot? Do I have to put the CD in or not? I'm not sure anymore since it's been years since I've tried this.

Thank you for your help.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:25 PM

Put the old disk back...proceed with apparent install until you can cancel or decline same...cancel out properly.

Then remove that disk, insert the correct...proceed with the install.

Previous unsuccessful/incomplete attempts at installs are remembered and that's why you have your situation.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 03:35 PM

I don't know why but it doesn't give me no choice. I have to either click next or nothing.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 03:45 PM

I'm stuck at the product key prompt. There's no cancel what so ever.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 04:11 PM

A clean installation should take less time than searching for a tweak. I would use the good CD and reformat.

Edited by farbar, 18 April 2008 - 04:11 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2008 - 04:38 PM

That's what I'm trying to do! I have the good CD and I'm trying to reformat but I don't have the possibility to do so. I'm always taken back to the product key prompt! Please help!
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:19 PM

Boot And Nuke
download it and open zip file
burn it to cd and put in computer
turn computer off and turn it on
boot and nuke will detect your harddrive
follow the prompts and erase your harddrive
it make take some time to erase
once its complete you can reinstall windows
heres a tutorial on boot and nuke

http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=videos/...to-wipe-a-drive

heres boot and nke

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Edited by mme, 18 April 2008 - 05:24 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:43 PM

I'll try it. Thank you.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 06:02 PM

I thought you didn't want to reformat. Could you tell me how did you try to do it ? I mean did you tried to reinstall within Windows or from the boot? If you tried to reinstall within Windows just post back before you try anything els as there is an easier solution.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 06:56 PM

From the boot.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 07:10 PM

So if you did it from the boot you have already done the right thing, of course without success. Then the solution given, to reformat using other means than Windows CD seems the right choice.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:11 AM

well if all else fails try ringing up microsoft they might help with the product key problem and hopefully might give you another

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:43 PM

My computer wasn't really booting from the CD!!! I really thought it was! I haven't done anything special this time and the computer booted from the CD and I've managed to reinstall XP.

But now, I'm having trouble establishing my Internet connection. Isn't it supposed to cinfigure itself?
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 02:49 AM

Not always you have automatically Internet connection.

De first thing you should install is a network adapter driver. To check that go to start > right click My Computer > properties > hardware > device manager > under network adapter see if you have question mark.

Do you have a modem, or a router and a modem?

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:53 AM

I don't have a router. Only a cable modem.
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