I bought a copy of XP Pro on the internet that turned out to be a non-legitimate copy when I went to register and verify online with Microsoft.
I then went to my local PC store and bought a legitimate copy of XP Pro and now I want to install it without having to reformat my drive as part of the installation process. Is that possible? How do I just install my legitimate copy of XP Pro on my same machine without losing all my existing data. I just want to install the operating system and that's all. How do I do that?
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Re: Reinstall Windows XP Pro without losing my data
Right click 'My computer' select ' manage'. On the left side second from the bottom click 'disk managment' than create a partation on the 'c' drive and install your new copy of xp an that partation when prompted.
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If you install copy of WIndows XP operating system, do not update it or get update it through internet as it will detect that you are using counterfeiting or pirated software. Just reinstall again the operating system and this time do not get update from internet when installing. Ever it pop up to your computer, just ignore it. Otherwise, that will appear.
if you bought the computer used the os could be a fake,if you bought it from a retail store like (best buy)etc. you should call them and ask,if you bought a copy of xp pro and installed it youself you are going to have to call microsoft and get your xp code changed,or at least un black listed.they have screwed that up more than once.
I was able to dig this up. Reference: http://4sysops.com/archives/tip-how-to-install-and-uninstall-a-program-in-safe-mode/
Run Windows in safe mode. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\ Create a registry key REG_SZ keyand call it MSIService and value data and call it Service, which is the windows installer. This will give you permission to uninstall windows service Pack 3 from add/remove programs while in safe mode.
Chances are when you reinstall Windows Xp you will lose your data.
You can recover your data by removing the hard drive from your laptop and plug it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect this to a working computer's USB port. This computer will see this as a external hard drive and you will see the various folders and files.
Copy and or burn your data folders and files to a CD.
Then put the hard drive back into your Fujitsu reinstall Windows XP.
If you believe you have a legitimate Windows XP pro. Meaning you have the original disk, and Product Ket on a Windows sticker on your PC. or maybe a retail purchased copy out of a box, then its legitimate, however you just need to activate the software. If when trying to activate it, it says something like "unable to activate....", then you will need to use activate by telephone, in which you will have to selct your country and you'll have a phone number to cal the aactivations dept. follow the instructions, and when you get someone on the line they will get it activated for you. And that Non Genuine message will go away.
you have a very bad virus, try to re-install windows, or go to safe mode if you can open in safe mode and then click start and run and type msconfig and then go to startup tab from up and clear everything and reboot it