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#1 rjwoodie

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:39 PM

hey there people
imtrying to install windows xp pro on my compaq tower pc and its coming up saying windows cannot find any previous versions of windows on this machine.
this cd im using has workedfor me every other time but wnt work now.
any ideas as to what i can do?
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 05:30 PM

Are you using an upgrade version of XP?
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:52 PM

um i dont think so.
iv never had any problem like this befor.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:03 PM

What else does it say apart from "Setup cannot find a previous version..."?
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:22 PM

well now im using a different copy of windows that i have found.
have installed it on one hdd and now have to install it on another one thats giving me trouble.
so far each time iv tried installing this copy iv had these error messages...
page_fault_in_nonpaged_area.
pfn_list_corrupt.
irql_not_less_or_equal.
while loading files it sometimes hangs up and i have to reboot.
have just put hdd in another tower to see what happens there

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:24 PM

I would run a diagnostic test on that hard-drive to verify that it's okay.
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:56 PM

yeah funny thing is iv already run a diagnostic on this hdd and another one as well and both came up with bad sectors in the write area.
but.......the otherhdd is now working fine with xp installed on it.
this hdd here is having xp installed on it now in a different tower. so im wondering could there be a fault in the tower or bios perhaps?

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:04 PM

Are you able to install those drives in another computer and then re-run the diagnostic test?

Personally, I would not use a drive that had failed a diagnostic test.
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:17 PM

yeah i can install them in another tower and run the diagnostic.
its just that one tower is giving me all the trouble and the other one is fine.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:38 PM

iv just finished installing windows on this hdd and that has gone well.
run a chkdsk and that went good too. even upgraded the bios.
so im about to put the hdd in this other tower and see if i get anymore error messages

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:55 PM

Let us know how it goes.
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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:26 AM

well here is the latest.
windows is currently working fine on my tower now but for some reason i cant validate that copy of windows.
there is no menu there for product activation.
tis version of windows is fairly old, 2002 with out sp2.
i just found however my genuine windows cd wich is an upgrade and have tried to install that, but the install ends up hangin or getting stuck somewhere along the way.
it has recommended that i download the windows memory diagnostic and run that first which i have done and that has found no errors.
so whats the problem?
why can i install an old version of xp pro and not a 2002 version with sp2?
it is my own disk and a genuine product, so i dont understand whats happening.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 03:50 PM

Validate Windows XP
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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:45 PM

thats one of my problems.
wheni try to validate windows it comes up saying its not a genuine windows product.
the windows product im trying to install now is a genuine product, one i can validate and activate but it wont let me install it on the computer

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:52 PM

How to activate Windows XP by phone:

To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps:

   1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

	  Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.
   2. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
   3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
   4. Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

	  Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.
   5. When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
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