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Din't do any changes only when trouble shooting all original equipment.The restore cd dont ask for key but the xp cd does. Same problem.

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  • joker7937 May 17, 2009
  • joker7937 May 17, 2009

    Set it to boot from cdrom till install then set to hdd ive been doing this for years its not as easy as that..

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    An additional question, if I may. You have gone into BIOS Setup, and
    in Boot Options, set the first boot device to CDROM?


  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    Need clarification:

    1.What was the original problem?

    2.What do you mean the Restore Disk doesn't ask for a Windows Product Key, and the Windows XP disk does?

    The Restore Disk, is for the original genuine copy of Windows, that was installed from the factory.

    The Windows XP disk has it's own Product Key.

    Either, you are going to restore the original Windows that came with the computer, or you are going to install a fresh version, with the Windows XP disk you have.

    I'm confused, straighten me out.

  •  Robert Allocca
    Robert Allocca May 11, 2010

    Okay, so what's the question?

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I asked, because many do not know that you cannot install a lesser
version, nor a version of the same build, or a better build, unless you
boot from CDROM.

The Restore disk isn't going to restore, unless the original hardware
components are inside, right? Windows sets 'codecs' for all of the major
hardware components. If you change two or more, Windows wants you
to activate again.
Windows 98 didn't care, because this was a fresh
install, and you provided the product key.

The full installation disk of Windows does care, because this is a fresh install, and the product key doesn't match the codecs, set for the
hardware inside. So just type the product key in, and away you go.
Or have I missed where you entered the key, and it still doesn't work?
I await your comment.


Posted on May 17, 2009

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