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 the Windows copy is original that you have bought from a store or legitimately downloaded from a trusted website Vendor than contact them and tell them. You might have been sold a counterfeit Windows. If this Windows that you have has been bought from a piracy marketer at a very cheap cost then get a genuine Windows.
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.
There is a very expensive Microsoft program that allows language changes but it is for corprate licenses. Us poor folks have to buy a new copy of XP in the language we want and reinstall.
You can change some of the language by:
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.
If you just installed windows, I would reformat the hard drive and install XP on the primary partition. You would lose all your data, but also get rid of the virus.
If you have no sound, the drivers were not included in XP. You will need to get the drivers for the company that made the computer/motherboard/audio card.
To get access your old files, you need to set those folder to be read by "everyone". Right click the folder, Properties, Security - Add "everyone" as a user with full access.
There are many ways to gain access - you can google for other options or use Microsoft method or use this script
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.
Assuming that you have a legitimate copy of xp, try registering it at the microsoft. Look in your start menu for something that says "register windows." You can also go to the Microsoft Update website and let your computer download all the updates. One of those updates will be "microsoft genuine advantage". That should solve your problem, if not, go to Google and type in "microsoft genuine advantage diagnostic tool" and run that. If it comes up not genuine, click on "resolve" while connected to the internet. If that doesn't work, you may be a victim of software piracy. In other words, someone may have sold you a computer with a non genuine copy of windows. If that's the case, and you indeed are not the pirate, then you can call microsoft and plead your case. They will usually validate your copy if you convince them that you are the victim.
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