What is the best and easyest solution?

By mphmcm ·
After hours on the phone with Microsoft,I was told that I would have to format my hard drive to intall a fresh version of windows to solve my problem. About a month ago my version of windows became not genuine because of a volume licencing product key had been blocked. After I called Microsoft about the problem, they sent me a new intall disk with product key and said to use magical jelley been to change the key and everything would be ok and still have all my files in tact. As we all know now, mjb is not available to change keys any more. Does anybody have an easy quick solution? I really would like to keep my files and progams. Oh yes I forgot to mention, my system restore is inoperable, and attepts to turn it on failed.

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Check these links

by Jacky Howe In reply to What is the best and easy ...

How to change the Volume Licensing product key on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 1 and later versions of Windows XP

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Links did not work

by mphmcm In reply to Check these links

Tryed the 2 links,(witch are more or less the same), and they did not work.I can follow the directions up untill the product activation wizzard will not launch. An eror message is telling me that this file does not exist or has been moved or I typed the command wrong, but I did not. I happen to have an XP key viewer/changer cd that I can access the wizzard, but it will not change the key! Any other ideas?

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Backup your Data

by Jacky Howe In reply to Links did not work

and do a fresh install. It sounds like something is corrupt and not working properly. A fresh install will give it a new lease on life.

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Fresh install failure

by mphmcm In reply to Backup your Data

Upon trying a fresh install,I recieved the following blue screen message.
Windows XP Pro Set up
Set up did not find any hard disk drives installed on computer. Make sure any hard drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic of set up program. Set up cannot continue.
I don't understand this, because the computer works fine the hard drive seems to be doing fine.I do not have a manufacter disk and the manufacter installed Vista OS anyway.I'm sure that configuration is probably different for xp.
Still hoping for a solution!!

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XP cannot 'see' your SATA hard drive(s) ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Fresh install failure

I've been following this thread but this seems to be the first time that you've mentioned that the system was originally installed with Vista.

This shifts the goalposts somewhat.

Your system has one or more SATA hard drives and XP (by default) cannot see them. During the first few seconds of the XP installation, at the bottom of the install screen, a line appears saying 'Press F6 to include special drivers' - at this point you should be pressing F6 and have a floppy drive with the SATA drivers in the root of the floppy (NOT in a folder) - pressing F6 will then include the drivers for your SATA hard drive so that XP can continue to see the hard drive(s).

You will have to discern which motherboard is fitted to your system, then go to the manufacturer's website and download SATA drivers for XP.

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by mphmcm In reply to XP cannot 'see' your SATA ...

Thanks to you and Jackie I may be able to do this.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Fresh install failure

This is how you do it but you will have to find out the Motherboard specs for the Sata Driver. Check the Make and Model of your System and do a Google search for the drivers or post the information here so that a peer may be able to help you track down the drivers.

Extract and Copy the SATA Drivers to a Floppy Disk. Boot from the XP CD and when prompted, press F6 to install the SATA drivers from the floppy disk. If you haven't a Floppy Drive Slipstream your XP installation with the SATA drivers.

<b>How To: Slipstream your XP installation</b>

Download nLite

These are the steps that I took and if you have any problems read the guide.

Download the Sata Drivers from the manufactures web site.

Install Nlite

Extract the Sata Drivers to a folder named Sata using WinRar.

Copy the entire XP CD to a folder named XPS

I then ran Nlite and Browsed to the XPS folder, click Next, click Next then select the Drivers and Bootable ISO click Next.

At the Drivers Tab click insert, click single driver and navigate to the folder with the .inf file for windows XP.

Highlight it and select open and select next. Select Textmode driver and select the XP Sata driver and click OK.

Click next and Yes to apply changes, next and select Make ISO. Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.

<b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>

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One last question?

by mphmcm In reply to OK

Ok That was quite a techno journey. I have the iso image burned, and I will start install later. The question is do I use the XP install disk to start, then hit F6, remove then put in ISO disk? This was the only part I was confused about. I'll wait for your reply before I continue. Thanks alot for the excellent instructions!!! Oh I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong in the last thread.
Thanks again

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If you have slipstreamed

by Jacky Howe In reply to One last question?

the Sata drivers into XP you only have to Boot from the New XP CD that you created.

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