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Change Vista to xp

Dear Top, How to I change my Vista Computer to xp. I purchased new xp software from Microsoft. Should I have this done at at professional computer shop? Thanks, Duane Green

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Hello, Yes I think so because if you have a new computer you gonna get problem to find your sata driver when you trying to install your XP, also you need to search and install the drivers manually and that can be hard if you dont have a other computer with network access to Internet. Its the easiast way to get your computer to XP. if you had the restore cds to your computer it should be easy to recovery your computer to XP.

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Where can i download themes for windows xp professional for free?

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Apr 17, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional


How to know if you're Windows/Office system is genuine/legit?

Software piracy has became a wide-spread phenomenon in the last years, especially due to the internet and data on it becoming more and more available to a growing number of computer holders around the globe. Computer technicians and computer stores who want to make or just want to "make a favor for a friend" install pirated software, often without letting the owner of the computer know about it.

It won't be far away from the truth saying that 2 of the most common pirated programs worldwide are the Windows operating system and Office (in all their versions) - both by the huge software company - Microsoft.
Microsoft decided, quite long ago, not to stand still, but to take an active part in the fight against illegal use of its products. They put a critical/mandatory "update" in the Windows Update updates list called "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications". If your system is configured to get updates automatically (this is the default setting), you'll get this update within the next automated updating. Once installed on a pirated Windows system, notifications will appear very frequently, on the Desktop, in the notifications area and during logon (Welcome screen).

Few examples:



Same goes for Office. Once "Office Genuine Advantage Notifications" if installed, the following will appear in the upper section of any Office program.

For example:

Pirated systems of Windows and/or Office will keep having these notifications until they're fully licensed.
Furthermore, No updates - apart from automated critical updates - will be allowed to be installed through Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center.
Moreover, no Desktop background will be shown (only solid black);
On Windows Vista and Windows 7 - Aero themes will be also disabled.

Not sure if your Windows is Genuine? Want to check if your Office is eligible for full updates? Follow these steps to find out:
1. Download Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool from HERE
2. Run the tool.
3. Click Continue.

After few seconds you'll see the results.
If it doesn't say Genuine in Windows tab or in Office tab - your software is NOT legit!

What to do in case you have an illegal software?
The good news is that you don't necessarily need to format/reinstall everything! All you have to do is to purchase a GENUINE copy of your version of Windows and/Office and replace the pirated key with the new one. If you purchased the software but found out that it's pirated, contact your reseller for redress!

To change Windows key on Windows XP:
  1. Download Keyfinder.
  2. Run it.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Select Change Windows Key.
  5. Type in the new key.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Restart your computer to complete the process.

To change Windows key on Windows Vista or 7:
  1. Click the "Windows" button ("Start").
  2. Type in: cmd
  3. Right-click cmd on the list and select Run as Administrator.
  4. Type in: slmgr -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx (where the "xxxx" stand for the new product key).
  5. Type in: exit.
  6. Restart your computer to complete the process.

To change Office key:
  1. Make sure all Office programs are closed.
  2. Click Start (or the "Windows" button).
  3. Type in: REGEDIT (on Windows XP click Run and then type in).
  4. On 32-bit versions: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\XX.0\Registration. On 64-bit versions: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\XX.0\Registration. XX.0 represents Office version: 10.0 = Office XP; 11.0 = Office 2003; 12.0 = Office 2007; etc.
  5. Delete the following keys: ProductID and DigitalProductID.
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.
  7. Start any Office program. Enter the new key in the dialogue box that will appear on the screen.

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Computer prompts for user name and pass word, it was givin to me i dont know user name and pass word

You can try putting in Administrator and leave password field blank and see if it works, otherwise try one of the following:

- see this for XP
- or this for Vista/Win7
- or if anything else didn't work you can use third party software from Hiren's Boot CD to reset your login password

Feb 05, 2011 | MPC Computers TransPort GX Notebook

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I want change vista to windows xp in my thoshiba satellite u 300-153

First, you'll need to either purchase a genuine copy of Windows XP (these are getting very difficult to find, because Microsoft has withdrawn this software from marketing; so, you'll need to find a small computer-store that may still have a copy on its shelves). Or, start with a "non-genuine" copy of Windows (and hope that it's not already virus-infected) and then when it is detected as being "non-genuine", then use your credit-card to purchase a "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation" kit, to convert your "bootleg" version into a "genuine" version.

Then, you'll have to be aware that Toshiba may _NOT_ have created device-drivers for your computer for Windows XP. It's possible that some of your components (wireless, video, sound, network) will _NOT_ work, due to the "missing" device-drivers.

You'll be much further ahead if you upgrade to Windows 7, which addresses many of the issues that were problematic in Windows Vista.

Jan 07, 2011 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition

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I have format my pc but the problem always ''genuine software counterfeit'' please help me

The newer machines have verification system to make sure that you are using a purchased version of the operating system and sometimes other programs as well. Even though you are formatting the machine you are reinstalling the same operating system or it wouldn't work at all. You may have to go to microsoft for help of the computer manufacturer assuming you did not install the copied software yourself. If so bite the bullet and buy a new copy. Sorry.

Oct 24, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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How can i get this genuine microsoft logo on my

This logo appears when the Microsoft OS installed on your computer has not been properly activated with a product key. This prevents Microsoft XP and Vista from installing Windows Updates like security patches and upgrades to Windows software.

You can find out more about the Windows Genuine Advantage program here.

If you think you have a valid copy of XP or Vista installed, call Microsoft tech support. Be prepared to provide the license key. If you PC was purchased as a package deal with XP or Vista installed, the key will be on a sticker on the side or back of your PC. If you XP or Vista was installed after purchase, the license key is stickered to the packaging the OS came in.

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Oct 04, 2009 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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I hate Vista. I want XP.

Yea that's true Vista sucks.....XP best!
If you want to install completely with XP then as usual procedure format the system with your Windows XP CD(C:/ drive only, with FAT32 or NTFS).

Aug 23, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 Full...

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Loading windows anytime upgrade

Hi, Unfortunately Microsoft has blundered and not told anyone. Most older programs will not run in VISTA. I hope you burnt your download to a CD, you could use it at a later date when Microsoft finaly put VISTA right. At this time you only have two choices. Buy all new software that is VISTA compatable or go back to the good old faithful XP. Regards mistyman

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