By dherde ·
Given the following circumstances, how does one correct the problem?

A friend of mine had a virus that toasted his boot files. (XP Home HP edition - =OEM version, out of warranty naturally.) I would like to repair the installation. Restoring from the restore partition is going to hose his data and programs as well so this is not really a good option. I know that your can repair an installation over top of the current installation if you run the installation from an install CD and tell it to repair the 'found' installation. Here's the rub... I have a Retail XP home CD when I need an OEM version of the CD so I can reuse his original license key. HPs' solution was to buy a new imaged Hard Drive from HP to the tune of $140.00. Not Good. Where does one get an OEM install CD or iso? Is there anything illegal about what I am trying to do? Shouldn't be as far as I can tell...



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Hmmm... I don't think so

by jimmy-jam In reply to OEM XP Home ISO

Isn't his license key attached to his computer somewhere? There should be a sticker.

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Yes it is

by dherde In reply to Hmmm... I don't think so

Yes.. The key is attached to computer on a sticker. The issue is coming up with an OEM version of the install media.

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Unless I am wrong

by jimmy-jam In reply to Yes it is

It doesn't matter what media you install from as long as you use the correct license key you should be good.

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What will happen is this....

by JamesRL In reply to Unless I am wrong

If the OEM version you install isn't the OEM version that corresponds to the license key, you will have to call MS and they will walk you through an activation manually.

That is if the version is the same (XP Home), but the OEMs are different (Dell versus HP, versus home build etc).


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Depending on how much DATA he has ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to OEM XP Home ISO

You could insert this HDD into another computer and save his data.

Then put the HDD back and invoke the Restore Partition, then transfer his data back using a thumb drive.

One thing that confuses me slightly though:

How does your friend know that it was a virus that "toasted his boot files" if he cannot boot to the point of using a virus checker?

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See how this goes

by Jacky Howe In reply to OEM XP Home ISO

Insert your XP CD and when you see ?Press any key to boot from CD? press a key. Now wait for the XP installer to finish loading up and you will be presented with the option to press R to Repair.

Press R.
The next screen will ask you which Windows? installation you would like to log on to. Normally the following will be listed:

Press 1, then Enter to continue.
You may now be asked for the Administrator password. If you know this type it and press Enter. If you don't know the Administrators password it may be blank. Just press Enter or type your username and password.

At the command prompt type:

fixmbr and press Enter

fixboot and press Enter

Wait until you are returned to the Recovery Console.

Type bootcfg /rebuild

Once you are back to the Recovery Console remove the XP CD and restart the System in Safe Mode. If it works run the antivirus software.

<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.

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Use any XP Repair console

by wellduh In reply to See how this goes

I am pretty sure that you can use any version of OEM, Retail, or Volume License to do repair.

The difference in distribution is almost exclusively the allowed Key range based on the setup text file and not the installed OS software.

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As mentioned by "wellduh"...

by djfrankn In reply to OEM XP Home ISO

You shouldn't have no problems if you "just run the repair option from the instalation cd". Becaeuse but you are doing is reinstalling OS drivers and registry keys, not the whole package. Best of luck.

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