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#1 johngod

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 03:31 PM

I have a HP computer and it has  Linux on it which I don't like and don't understand.

 

I would like to get back to Windows but only have a Windows xp disk.

 

Can I use the the disk to get back to Windows and how would I go about doing it?

 

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 04:16 PM

Is there a XP key on the disk? If there is simply boot the disk and on a screen it will ask to you delete the existing partitions and format the drive. If you do not have a key for XP then you will need to download the iso file in this post.

 

You can burn the iso to a CD by using Imgburn or isoburner.  If linux did not destroy the factory reset partition you can tap F11 at boot to restore the computer to it's original OS.

 

FYI. XP is no longer supported with Security Updates. Do not do any banking or internet purchases. You are setting yourself up for a world of hurt if you get infected with something like a banking Trojan.

 

Which linux distro is on the computer? What is the model number of the HP and the amount of RAM you have? For people moving from Windows linux Mint is easy to pick up.



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Posted 04 August 2018 - 09:09 PM

Indeed, dont use XP and try another linux.

Mint is easy, hope you are not using tails or anything.

Now if it is mint you are using we can help you get used to it, remember linux is a windows alternative not replacement


Edited by MadmanRB, 04 August 2018 - 09:11 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:19 AM

Yes I  have a product key for xp... Later I will try the install of windows 7

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:20 AM

Again what are you using right now? What version of linux?


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:32 AM

Yes I  have a product key for xp... Later I will try the install of windows 7

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you cant install 7 with a windows xp key,

 

you need to purchase a windows 7 key



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:35 AM

Indeed and thus is a big issue they will face, if they want windows its going to cost them unless they go a little gray if you know what I mean


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:01 AM

I installed the xp disk now. I have the key for that. I have to get the windows 7 or 10,not sure which one to get later. My problem now is I can't get on the internet. I have Xfinity, but can't figure out how to get on the internet. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:05 AM

That is because you are using a outdated OS.

Dont use XP at all, period!

I dont care if you didnt like linux you are still using a obsolete OS whos days are long gone.

 

Again it would have helped us if you told us what version of linux you were trying to use, just saying "I used linux didnt like it" is not much help.

As for what version of windows to use right now windows 10 is the only real option as 7 will be also nearing the end of its support in 2020, its hard to find keys for windows 7 and again its going to cost you.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:23 AM

I installed the xp disk now. I have the key for that. I have to get the windows 7 or 10,not sure which one to get later. My problem now is I can't get on the internet. I have Xfinity, but can't figure out how to get on the internet. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
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you are probably missing your ethernet and/or wireless lan drivers,

 

you will need to download them and install them manually,

 

you will need to use another computer to download them, then transfer them to your xp machine using a usb stick


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 12:11 PM

Yeah but they honestly should not try to connect XP to the internet to begin with.

XP is old, its unsupported and a security risk.

He would be better off using linux rather than XP until he can get windows 7 or 10.

Its best not to connect XP to the web, its too unsafe, might as well drive in a car that is on fire than to use XP.

Again i only wish the original poster would tell us what he was using, it would help us determine what is going so wrong for him.

If its ubuntu I understand, if its fedora i understand but even those are better than XP if they want to stay safe.

But hey its your funeral johngod in trying to use XP long past its expiration date, while you are at it get some of that 10 year galon of milk out i am sure it ages as well as wine does :P


Edited by MadmanRB, 07 August 2018 - 02:27 PM.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:43 AM

Might try it, the milk I mean. Only kidding. As far as Linux,I think it was Cinnamon.

I have xp on another PC. That is the one I was thinking on upgrading to Windows 7 or 10. Depending on which version I can hold. I have Dell and a HP.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:55 AM

I need to find out if my xp will support windows 7 first.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:59 AM

Well have any idea what models you have?

You dont need to know your hardware, as we can look that up for you but a model number goes a long way.

Saying its a HP and a Dell isnt going to help.

If you can find the model numbers of each machine that will be a good factor in determining what to do with them.

 

Also Cinnamon i take it you tried linux mint then?

I mean its possible the machine you tried to run it on was a little too old to run cinnamon on, unlike windows linux offers a lot of different environments and cinnamon is made mainly for newer machines.

If one of those machines was a XP era machine it makes sense why you were having issues.


Edited by MadmanRB, 08 August 2018 - 10:00 AM.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 10:42 AM

Yes it was a xp era machine. I have to wait to get the model numbers since I'm not home at the present.




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