I recently purchased this (http://www.velocitymicro.com/wizard.php?iid=31) computer with the following specs.
A-bit AN-M2 nView AM2 NF630a mATX Motherboard
AMD Anthlon 64 X2 6400 + 3.2 GHz Processor with Dual Core Technology, Socket AM2
Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Heatsink, Ultra Quiet Fan, Copper Heat Pipes
4096MB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 Low Latency Extreme Memory with Heat Spreader
512 EVGA GeForce 8800 GT DDR3 PCI-E w/HDCP
VideoCool Positive Pressure Airflow System
320GB Hitachi 7200rpm SATA300, 16MB Cache
20x Lite On DVD +/- RW Dual Layer Burner
Integrated 10/100/1000 MBps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
Integrated 52-in-1 Internal Media Card Reader
2 Intergrated IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports, 1 front & 1 rear
8 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 6 rear)
All was running great, until some complications came up with a game I was playing . I tried reinstalling the OS using the Windows XP S2 I got with the computer, but it asked for a product key...Velocity didn't provide me with a XP Pro S2 product key. A few days prior to the attempted reinstall, I called them (unrelated to this problem) and asked about the product key of the OS (because of course, the only product key on the box was for Windows Vista Business. What the hell? ) . They told me that my computer featured a "special downgrade" that came with the original OS for that machine, a Windows Vista Business. They explained that their version of the reboot cd did not need a product key to be utilized. So when I tried the reinstall, I figured that I wouldn't need the product key right? Error- wrong. I tried reinstalling it without a product key from the cd they provided....And Now my XP thinks that its only a trial, and when I try to get it verified or whatever it won't let me go to the page to do so because some "missing file". So overall, I'm pretty much screwed. @_@
I know that this problem can be fixed if I completely wipe the drive and do a reformat, reinstalling the OS....But that's the thing. The OS is a Windows XP Pro S2 with no product key. >_< I have a Windows XP Pro OEM disc from my old computer I can use, but I can't use the product key on it as I've already used it on my old one.
1. Do I have to buy another set of OS cds just to get a product key? Or is there a way I can just purchase a product key from Microsoft?
2. Can I install the Windows XP Pro OEM disc I have...or does it have to be a Windows XP Pro S2 disc?
3. How do I go about reformatting this computer? I'm not too familliar with the process.
Thank you guys soooo much. >_< I totally need this help, lol.
/edit: I found out about Vista downgrade rights here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/f...erencesheet.pdf
According to this,I should be able to reactivate my XP S2 OS after I contact them..Which is a good thing. But I still need to figure out how do I reformat this machine? Help?
Edited by TTC, 25 May 2008 - 12:47 PM.