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#1 ndonaldson2912

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 06:38 AM

Hi guys,

Running a machine (a vintage machine) on XP Pro SP3 and lifted a virus which has forced me to do a fresh re-install. The only disk I have is a SP2/3 Recovery Console. I tried to do an install and its stopping me because it cannot find End user license agreement. Am I Using the wrong disc.

Any help greatly appreciated

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 09:24 AM

How big is the disk in MB. A simple Recovery Console disk is no more than 10MB while a XP install disk is close to 600MB. I am not sure how you were even able to start an install with a Recovery Console disk.

 

Is this a Recovery Disk that came with the computer?

 

I did find this. If your HDD is formatted FAT32. You will get this error. You need to format to NTFS and try the install again if you have an install disk.

 

If you can boot to windows right click on the drive and it should tell if it is FAT32. If you cannot boot to Windows use the recovery console and type this at a command prompt

 

fstutil fsinfo statistics C:



#3 ndonaldson2912

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:19 AM

Do you know of any links where I can download xp pro iso?

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:31 AM

Do you know of any links where I can download xp pro iso?

Here, you can download the official Windows XP Pro x32 iso file. Please, do keep in mind, that you will need a legal key to activate it (However, Windows XP has stopped being sold by Micrososft, at least in the USA). However, I do not recommend using Windows XP at all. You should buy Windows 8.1 (as Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 7). 


Edited by NullPointerException, 03 December 2014 - 10:33 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:01 AM

@NullPointerException That is just the SP, not the install iso.

 

The OP stated he has a Vintage Machine. I am not sure he would be able to run Windows 8.1 if his RAM was not sufficient. The OP can run the upgrade assistant.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-assistant-download-online-faq

 

I do recommend Linux Mint Xfce but the computer needs at least 1GB of memory.


Edited by JohnC_21, 03 December 2014 - 11:01 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 02:28 PM

Why has MS stopped selling Windows 7? I would personally prefer it than 8.1. Regarding my own issue, I have resurrected an XP Pro ISO and have a key for it. Thanks for the download link, good to have it incase it's needed again. Although as you say XP shouldn't be used on machines anymore. Pity about Win 7 not being sold anymore. Can license keys still be bought?

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 02:39 PM

You can still get XP on ebay. You can also get Windows 7 but you need to be careful from whom you are buying.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 04:48 PM

Amazon seems to have a supply, http://www.amazon.com/microsoft-windows-7-8-software/b?ie=UTF8&node=1286119011 .

 

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:16 AM

So does Newegg with Windows 7 offerings. 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=windows+7&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

I don't recommend eBay for Windows software. Was burned twice, but refunded on each. 

 

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