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Compaq desktop I installed Windows XP on my Mother-in-laws computer,with my windows set up disk from my dell computer. I tried to activate her Windows, and it ould not let me. I called and they told me that the product ID number that I enterd was the wrong one. They said I needed to contact Compaq and get the right product code. How do I contact them, and why is the prioduct code wrong. Also, just to tell you, this computer came from a large corporation, in case that would have anything to do with it.

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Re: Compaq desktop

First u need this one :

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How to change sata to ata in bios

If you want to install Windows XP or configure a RAID array, you may need to change the SATA type in BIOS. here I will introduce some method of SATA settings in BIOS. SATA HDD(hard disk) has been more porpular because of the hight transferring speed and simple installation. If you want to Install a Windows XP in SATA hard disk. we offen need a floppy disk to save the additional driver of SATA/RAID. but the floppy isn't too easy to find. So we can do another method, modify the SATA type to compatible IDE or ATA mode, etc.
Notes: If your computer has installed some operating systems. Changing SATA types may corrupt your systems or need to be repaired again. But when can I change the SATA type?
1. You are prepairing install a new operating systems, for commonly Windows XP. If Windows 7/Vista will be installed. you need nothing changed in BIOS unless the setting has been modified.
2. Or you want to install a RAID.
I will introduce how to install Windows XP at SATA HDD(hard disk) in the coming chapters, here we need to know how to change the SATA type in BIOS. At first we need to access BIOS, Here is my desktop BIOS, we can find the BIOS is from AWARD software.
201003290718324672.jpgIn my BIOS, the harddisk settings are in the line of integrated peripherals, different BIOS or different OEM menufactures may have different promise. you can try the Advanced BIOS features setting or Integrated peripherals, or system configuration, etc.
Locale to Integrated Peripherals and press enter, you may find the SATA configuration.
201004010308121905.jpgthe above screenshot is the SATA configuration position. There are two items about SATA controller, Onchip SATA controller and Onchip SATA Type, Notes: There may be one or more configurations about SATA, we only need to change the SATA Type. you should not close the SATA controller if you don't know what's will be happened.
Navagete to the Onchip SATA Type and press ENTER, we can find these selections: Native IDE, AHCI, RAID. If you want to install Windows XP, you may need to change to Native IDE(some called ATA) mode, when you finished installation, you can refresh your SATA drivers in Windows XP and change the SATA type to AHCI mode in BIOS again.
If you want to configure a raid array. set to RAID similarity. When finished settings, you should press enter to accept it, and save to CMOS before restart your computer. In my BIOS, I need to exit to the BIOS main menu at first and save it.
when the new status has been saved, you can press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your computer, some OEM PCs may need to click the EXIT or Save to CMOS and Exit, the computer will be restart automatically.
Another example screenshot is my DELL notebook BIOS. DELL BIOS is not the same as the desktop BIOS, we can find the SATA operation behind the System Configuration. there are only three selections (Disabled, ATA, AHCI). If you want to install Windows XP, here need to be changed as ATA mode.
201004010308185104.jpg Notes: If you want to install operating systems, you may need to change the boot orderto boot from your CD/DVD drive.

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Hi, I am adil. I am trying to install Windows XP on my Dell mini Inspiron 1020 but failed. Please provide me details steps.

Method 1: Perform a clean install of Windows XPA clean installation consists of removing all data from your hard disk by repartitioning and reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the operating system and programs to an empty (clean) hard disk. For more information about important things to consider before you partition and format you hard disk and how to partition and format your hard disk by using the Windows XP Setup program, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 313348 How to partition and format a hard disk by using Windows XP Setup programTo perform a clean installation of Windows XP, follow these steps:
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  2. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.

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  3. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
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  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
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try setting the bios for the hd to ide compatible
windows xp does not include sata drivers which is why you can't detect the hdd.
if you set it to ide compatible it should work

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I need learn how to wipe/master reset my dell latitude d505 laptop, i dont have the XP disc

If you mean wipe the hard drive clean so you can sell it or put a new OS on it you an get a free drive wiper here:
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