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XP Pro loaded over Home (not by me) Pirates!

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#1 gpearman


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:46 AM

Hey All:


My Grandson's Dell (Old POS) was loaded with A Dell OEM XP Pro over the original Dell XP Home. This box was given to him. He didn't do it. Someone who thought they knew (but didn't understand!) tried to "upgrade" to Pro. It won't validate and says he may be a victim of piracy (Duh!). So, I can go to the recovery and revert back to factory but is there a way to bring back his user state? It's backed up ( 3hours w/ redo). Can I restore his user settings, saved games and programs to the recovered OS? I'm trying to teach him the right way to do things but poverty bends scruples. I have USMT and AIK and am A+ Certified but never tried to reinstate a boy's games and settings after using the recovery partition. I'm looking for a more modern box but until then, this one will have to suffice.




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#2 hamluis



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 01:21 PM

My understanding of the purpose and design of any recovery mechanism implemented by the system manufacturer...is that it restores the system to the time period first connected/used.


As for as restoring anything from the illegal install...that might not be too wise, even fi such were possible.  If whatever is on there...was not backed up...or no install media exists...I would have to wonder at how it was obtained, with a bent toward being suspicious of software illegally obtained via torrenting or some other mechanism.  Of course, the major risk (which many don't seem to recognize) with software/games obtained thusly...is the risk of malware.



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