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Bought a notebook computer online and it came with a pirated version of windows vista home basic


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#1 themeat

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:19 PM

I bought a fujitsu s6231 notebook computer. It had a non-valid copy of windows vista. I want to install a copy of Windows XP Pro, so it is back to its RTM state. But when I boot from the disk, it says it cant read the disc or the disc is not a genuine Windows disc. I can assure you it is valid. so I researched and came to the conclusion that i need to wipe the hard drive and boot from the disc again. Am I correct? i also downloaded all the drivers I need, but how will i install these drivers on the notebook? unfortunately, I cannot get my money back for the notebook. I would appreciate any advice on this, I think Im going to use Darik's Noot and Nuke to wipe the hard drive and start over, is this a good idea?

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:37 PM

use a flash drive and install the drivers and i dont think boot and nuke is necesary you can if you want but when you reinstall windows it will format it.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:50 PM

I have had little to no experience with Vista but I think you will need something other than the XP disk to be able to delete the Vista partition. I had a computer that I installed Win 7 RC1 on but when I wanted to install XP on that disk I had to first boot off the Win 7 disk to be able to delete the partition and be able to proceed with the XP install.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:52 PM

i have never had a problem with that even when going from win.7 to XP.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:51 PM

I have had little to no experience with Vista but I think you will need something other than the XP disk to be able to delete the Vista partition. I had a computer that I installed Win 7 RC1 on but when I wanted to install XP on that disk I had to first boot off the Win 7 disk to be able to delete the partition and be able to proceed with the XP install.


Welll the problem Im having is, I dont have an official Windows XP disc, I have one that I created using an existing Windows XP installation, and Im using a serial key that ive had for quite a while. the setup utility is asking for a valid full version installation disc. so Im trying to get ahold of one right now, and well see if thats the problem. I also already wiped the hard drive. well see what happens, thanks for all your help guys!

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:50 AM

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 - 145.99

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:45 PM

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 - 145.99


unfortunately good sir, I have already purchased that disc about two years ago, I just lost the disc, not the package. I guess the point is moot now because I found the disc late last night. I appreciate all the help guys, sorry to trouble you. problem solved!

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:47 PM

Glad you found the Disk happy Computing/Installing




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