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Restoring Previous Xp Home Operating System After Trying To Install Windows 64x


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#1 David C

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 05:15 AM

i recently got a copy of an updated windows xp, but when i was trying to install it, the key did not work. i stupidly chose to do the initial installation in the same C: partition i was already using. Now, neither my previous os or the new one work, and when i select one in the booting stage, all the pc does is restarts. is there any way i can restore my previous windows edition? i have tried to create yet another copy if my first windows on the same partition and go to system restore, BUT i cannot restore anything. PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE!!! all i need to know how to do is delete the other windows, and restore my initial version. Thanx

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 05:49 AM

Changing your Product Key without a Reinstall to match your genuine Product Key or COA.

http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPo...2&SiteID=25


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First, please verify if your COA sticker or product key
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matches your Product Key being used on your system? You can view your product key with the Genuine Advantage diagnostics tool (at least the last 15 digits) located here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012
The Genuine Advantage Product Key Update Tool is only valid for users attempting to change their current non-genuine Product Key to a genuine COA sticker or genuine Product Key all without a reinstall! http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50346&clcid=0x409
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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:58 AM

If your old XP install disc is a full XP installation disc then you can choose to format the C: drive which will erase all previous installs.

If you have what's called a reinstall disc from Dell or Gateway, etc., thein running it will automatically erase the hard drive.

Both of these methods will erase all files on the C: volume along with the operating system(s).

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 04:53 PM

You said that it was a 64 bit version of Windows.

Replying to Restoring Previous Xp Home Operating System After Trying To Install Windows 64x

Was this the Vista Beta 2 Version that is available for download? If it was the only way you are going to get your old OS back is to do a full total install with the old version. There is no restore or anything like that with this version.

Another question is your computer 64-bit? If not then you should not have tried to install a 64-bit version.

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 02:27 AM

i recently got a copy of an updated windows xp, but when i was trying to install it, the key did not work. i stupidly chose to do the initial installation in the same C: partition i was already using. Now, neither my previous os or the new one work, and when i select one in the booting stage, all the pc does is restarts. is there any way i can restore my previous windows edition? i have tried to create yet another copy if my first windows on the same partition and go to system restore, BUT i cannot restore anything. PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE!!! all i need to know how to do is delete the other windows, and restore my initial version. Thanx



From what I understand in your post, You have 2 different Windows installed on 1 partition? Deleting one Version and restoring the other is.. well Needless to say, impossible.. Being that they're on one partition, its like cramming them together.. Since you say the PC starts, this tells me that your Master Boot Record is corrupted. What this is, is the information on your hard drive that loads before Windows. Im still learning how to modify the MBR myself, but I know it can be done, and when I find out how, I will be sure to help you because if that cna be done on your comp, I think that we can save your PC. So hang tight.




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