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TheWizardofOdds
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ram wrote:
Wont work, if I understand you correctly you currently don't have a PC with Windows installed.


That's correct.

Will it work if I reboot with XP install disk in drive first?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a word no. XP needs to be installed to the hard drive before any of that would work.

Try making a copy of the CD, there is no protection on it so if it fails it's either because the CD is unreadable or you have a faulty CD/DVD drive.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might be getting somewhere with this...

I've managed to get to the Partition part of the Windows XP install. This is how it appears approx:

Partition 1. 11100 MB (11099 MB free)
" 3. 320445 MB (320444 MB free)
" 4. 5922 MB ( 5922 MB free)
" 2. 5930 MB (5930 MB free)

When I boot up normally I can see 8.04 Ubuntu LTS and 11.04, which I currently use. I don't have a clue which of the above 4 partitions is which. I want to keep 11.04 and install Windows XP. Which of the above can I safely delete/install XP on? 4/2?

I'm aware I haven't given you a lot to go on here, but hope it makes sense to someone.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of this thread revolves around the make-up and validity of this XP CD.
I purchased such a CD (via ebay) from a German provider.
The CD successfully installed XP, which then passed the validity checks from M'soft.
I understand these particular XP licences are in some way being 'recycled' - but they seem genuine.

My advice is to concentrate on that CD reader - it may well be giving problems, as has been suggested.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dandnsmith wrote:
A lot of this thread revolves around the make-up and validity of this XP CD.
I purchased such a CD (via ebay) from a German provider.
The CD successfully installed XP, which then passed the validity checks from M'soft.
I understand these particular XP licences are in some way being 'recycled' - but they seem genuine.

My advice is to concentrate on that CD reader - it may well be giving problems, as has been suggested.


Thanks, dandnssmith. I hope that the problem has now been resolved with a new disk having been sent to me. My issue now is with which part to partition?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've managed to install Windows XP and I also have Ubuntu 11.04, now.

I have made a mess of the partition but have been able to salvage my previous account but not my girlfriends on 11.04? Also I can't get XP to recognize my BT home Hub so I have to use Ubuntu to go online, I can't activate XP, does anyone have any ideas what I can do, please?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instead of activating online phone them up, it's a free phone number.

You will have to key in the activation code and will receive 25 charactor alphanumeric license key in return.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ram wrote:
Instead of activating online phone them up, it's a free phone number.

You will have to key in the activation code and will receive 25 charactor alphanumeric license key in return.


The service just asks for the 6 digit group of codes you have to enter, you have to access those online and then call with the codes, Ram.

I entered;

c:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe /a in Start then Run as I have been shown by the seller of the disk. I received this message when I entered the command:

\oobe refers to a location that is unavailable, it could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. Please make sure the disk is properly inserted (?) or that you are connected to the internet.

Any ideas? Like I say I have the activation code/product key but cannot get online to get the 6 digit code group that I need to activate.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The phone number for an activation code was 0800 0188354 last year some time
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheWizardofOdds wrote:
Ram wrote:
Instead of activating online phone them up, it's a free phone number.

You will have to key in the activation code and will receive 25 charactor alphanumeric license key in return.


The service just asks for the 6 digit group of codes you have to enter, you have to access those online and then call with the codes, Ram.

I entered;

c:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe /a in Start then Run as I have been shown by the seller of the disk. I received this message when I entered the command:

\oobe refers to a location that is unavailable, it could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. Please make sure the disk is properly inserted (?) or that you are connected to the internet.

Any ideas? Like I say I have the activation code/product key but cannot get online to get the 6 digit code group that I need to activate.


Select the radio button to do it online, click next.

You should get something like this image

http://www.tipandtrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/activation-wizard-product-key.jpg

Click Telephone
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="TheWizardofOdds"]
Ram wrote:

I entered;

c:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe /a in Start then Run as I have been shown by the seller of the disk. I received this message when I entered the command:

\oobe refers to a location that is unavailable, it could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. Please make sure the disk is properly inserted (?) or that you are connected to the internet.


I just checked on an XP system - that path is correct.
Have you tried navigating through the path using Windows Explore, just to check. (for me, it isn't C: as my disk is differently organised, with an install of Win98 in C: and XP in D:, where the msoobe.exe resides)

HTH
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

towy71 wrote:
The phone number for an activation code was 0800 0188354 last year some time


Thanks, I called that number but I have first to go online to obtain some code that I then enter via telephone. Problem is I can't get XP to recognise my internet connection.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I clicked on the Windows activation bubble and went through the process and this time I have activated Windows successfully. I still cannot access the Internet. This is the message I receive:

Windows could not detect any wired or wireless network cards installed on your machine, please make sure the network card drivers are installed properly.

Also if I have a dial-up connection to contact my ISP provider.

Is it a problem with Drivers?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheWizardofOdds wrote:
I clicked on the Windows activation bubble and went through the process and this time I have activated Windows successfully. I still cannot access the Internet. This is the message I receive:

Windows could not detect any wired or wireless network cards installed on your machine, please make sure the network card drivers are installed properly.

Also if I have a dial-up connection to contact my ISP provider.

Is it a problem with Drivers?


Yes, by default XP does not have any drivers for network cards.
If you have a driver disk for the card use that to install the drivers or while in linux download them from the cards makers site, save then to a location that XP can access.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ram wrote:
TheWizardofOdds wrote:
I clicked on the Windows activation bubble and went through the process and this time I have activated Windows successfully. I still cannot access the Internet. This is the message I receive:

Windows could not detect any wired or wireless network cards installed on your machine, please make sure the network card drivers are installed properly.

Also if I have a dial-up connection to contact my ISP provider.

Is it a problem with Drivers?


Yes, by default XP does not have any drivers for network cards.
If you have a driver disk for the card use that to install the drivers or while in linux download them from the cards makers site, save then to a location that XP can access.


I don't have any disks that came with the PC when I bought it (Lesson learned).

According to the seller it is a LAN card that I need. I went to Maplin's and
spoke to a helpful employee who said that I should download drivers for the motherboard for my PC and save to a pen drive then upload to XP. I use an HP PC which came with Vista can you get drivers for a retro distro like XP?( Not on the HP website, only Vista n 7).

Goddamn this is stretching my tiny mind. Laughing

How do I find out what motherboard is in my PC?

Thanks.
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