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#1 klink1956

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 04:26 PM

Hello all,

My son in law has a PC that I suspect has some configuration or driver issues. He no longer has the original install disk and there is no factory fresh partition.

What I would like to know is ...can I use my disk to do a repair install ?

His o.s. is XpPro and so is my disk. Mine is currently installed on another.

Thanks


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 04:43 PM

The disk for repair install has to have the same service pack as the computer being repaired. You should also recover the XP key using Produkey before doing the repair install.

 

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

 

Here is a complete guide on doing a repair install for XP.

 

I am assuming a System Restore did not solve the issues.



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 05:48 PM

Thanks for getting back.

I do not know which service pack his had on the original install. Mine is with sp2. His product key is on a sticker on the machine so that's not an issue.

No system restore will not work. When I try to use it from safe mode it tries to reboot. I cannot get past the Xp screen on a normal boot.

I can do a few things in safe mode most of the time but sometimes trying the same thing a second time causes it to reboot.

A couple of times I was told that new hardware had been installed this is why I suspect a driver issue.

It may be tied to the processor. My one PC has the same processor in it. Under device manager each thread is listed as an individual processor and named,ie: pentium 4 2.6 mhz. On his each listing just says pentium processor. It also just may be a bios difference. Mine is a Dell board and his is an Intel.

Thanks for the link I'll give it a go.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 06:52 PM

The WIndows key on the sticker may be different then the one found by Produkey if the computer is OEM. OEM's uses a standard key over there whole line called a SLP key that activated when combined with the SLIC table in BIOS. You may need to do a phone activation if using the XP key on the sticker. As you already know, backup any important data such as bookmarks and email if using an email client. 

 

For Security Purposes you should be up to SP3. There have been many post SP2 patches. Some fixing very large security issues. 

 

If things do not work out consider putting Linux Mint or Ubuntu on the computer. 



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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:05 PM

If things do not work out consider putting Linux Mint or Ubuntu on the computer. 

This will be your best bet if the pc is being used on the internet! and is perfect for older XP Machines.  Unless you have Software that you need XP, then you might never need it again.  If it is not powerful enough for Widows 7 than this is the best option also.  

 

Windows 7 takes a lot of work to install...and if the pc is not up to it, will be even more work/time and cost.  Linux however, only takes about 1-1/4hr. for me to install and fully load all Updates, and is free.  So after you create the Install disk you will have it for free, that you will be able to use at any time when needed, again, for free - but donations are welcome.  If you need help just post in the Linux Section.  Here is a link to get you started: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/577719/never-tried-linux-before-read-this/

 

And here is the Linux section link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/11/linux-unix/

 

And the one at the Top of this Thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/527392/with-xp-ending-what-are-your-alternatives/


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