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Windows xp home edition

I had a problem with my computer hard drive was wiped finally managed to re-boot now it's asking for activation code help!

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Re: windows xp home edition

Activation is a form of copy protection, in which each copy of XP must be turned on by registering it with Microsoft. The copy of Windows XP is then uniquely associated with a particular computer, thus preventing pirating of the operating system by using the same disk to upgrade multiple machines.

Upon re-installation, the registration files were wiped too.
You can call microsoft anytime to reactivate your Windows XP.
Here is the number: 1-888-571-2048

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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Don't I have to wipe the C Drive clean, and if so how do I do that

If you wipe your drive you will need to load another operating system on it unless you want to sell it ?

You have to format a hard drive with a third party disk unless its a usb data drive Restart your computer During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key this will vary depending on your operating system Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys navigate to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart or if you are using a USB insert your usb drive click start right click on my computer select open you should see your USB drive right click then select format another way is to control panel administrive tools,computer management disk management right click on your drive select format hope this helps

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Hi Jeff,

I see you are having issue installing windows, getting an error the the Boot Manager is missing...

The windows Disc that you have is this a burnt copy? possible that the installation files on the Windows you have is incomplete.

But if I may ask before you tried installing this Windows what windows did you have on your computer?

Have you tried booting the disc directly from the CD drive instead of installing it from within windows.

Go into BIOS and change the boot configuration of you Computer make sure the the CD/DVD drive is selected as the primary boot option before the hard drive, once that is done restart your computer make sure that you Windows disc is in the cd/dvd drive, you should get a prompt on the upper left saying to boot from cd press any key - press Enter right away once you see that prompt this should boot from the disc for the installation to continue but if still it looks for the Boot Manager the copy of your installation disc maybe incomplete.

Also you can try to wipe clean you hard drive and try again again with the installation.

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My daughter (aged 12) has loaded a copy of Vista (which were discs from a computer her grandmother no longer owns and has been scrapped) onto her laptop which had Windows XP installed. She does not have a...


If she did not format the hard disk, then the Windows XP startup option will be present in boot option. When computer startup you will get a choice like this:

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition.
2 Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

In that case you can restore XP, starting on XP and editing the file winboot.ini, that is an hidden system file located on C:/ drive.

See:How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP.

If instead Windows XP does not start, or if you do not get the boot option, that means that Windows XP system file had been deleted.

In that case the only way to get back Windows XP is reinstalling the system from scrap, using a Windows XP install disk, and the number listed on the licence sticker.


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I can boot up when i put in my new hard drive

New hard drives have to be formatted and an operating system installed to be able to boot up.

The operating system depends on what you want to put on there

As you are posting in the XP HOME section I would suggest you set your bios to boot from CD
Place the XP HOME CD in the drive and boot up
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Follow the on screen instructions until setup is complete and then start to install the drivers you need and activate XP

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You need to find a copy of xp that is not through an OEM (original Equipment Manufacture). Your original copy of xp was linked to the motherboard's BIOS it was purchased with. It is called tattoing; the link below describes the process. Also, make check the bios to see if it has the correct serial number in it. The company you brought the computer from can transfer the serial number to the new motherboard and you could use the old xp copy you have as well.,,sid80_gci1060034,00.html

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You have a virus most likely. You will need to boot with an antivirus cd & let it scan & repair the virus damage. After this is done you should have control of your system again. Hope this helps.

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The first thing to check is your boot order.. do this when the pc starts up by pressing which ever key is indicated to enter 'setup' usually f2, f12, or delete. and look through for boot devices or boot sequence. make sure it's floppy, cdrom, hdd drive which may be listed or hard drive, internal drive, etc).

Do you have your windows disk? If so try this... put in the cd and restart the computer and when prompted to "pressany key to boot from cd' do so. Enter Windows XP Recovery Console by click on R. The Recovery Console is an advanced diagnostic mode of Windows XP with special tools that will allow you to restore the boot.ini file.
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Put your window XP disk into the Disk drive. Start up your computer. When it asks you what Drive you want to install it on select C:\ (where Vista is) Say yes to deleting the current Operating System and follow the instructions from there.

You did say you wanted to Uninstall Vista!

If you mean Dual Boot Vista and XP, then you will need to create a Logical Partition of about 10 Gb to install XP on and when asked where to install select this partition. But note that XP will wipe the Boot sector clean of all other Operating Systems which means that if you want to Dual boot then you will have to reinstall Vista again to get Dual Boot functionality.

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