Bought a new computer(used) had no OS, tried to install OS from my old,
with Windows Xp Pro (Dell) recovery disk ,
It worked till start up now it wont accept COA Key,
downloaded a key finder, ITS THE RIGHT KEY!!!!
when I try to register and validate It say's KEY ENTERED WRONG!
bought a new hard drive, and a data transfer kit will see if this works,
question is this, will the bios on new computer stop the transfer of the os from old system to new?
again? i am assuming this is the problem.
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Re: 30 day use Windows Xp Pro
The problem is with the actual key that you are using. Not your
computer, or the components inside of it. If you are certain that you
are using a valid key Its likely that you have a a key for windows
home, and you are trying to install windows professional, or visa
versa... Either way, If all else fails, you could replace the OS (
Buy or download) much easier than the hardware inside your computer.
Basically your computer is fine, just get a valid OS. If your adventurous try ubuntu.
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do you have a recovery key (f1,f2 etc) for the desktop, it flashed when you boot your desktop, press that key, it will recover your desktop to the os installed from the factory, it will be windows xp home edition
What this does (or should do) is initialize Dell's System recovery utility. It will restore the system back to it's factory original state (the state the system was in when it left the factory). This won't remove the operating system, but if you've upgraded the OS or made significant custom changes to the computer (software wise) you may lose all the changes. If XP professional is the original OS on the system when you bought it, the recovery will leave the OS on the system. If you've upgraded to Pro, and you still have your install disc, or have access to an install disc and your XP Pro product key, you can reinstall XP Pro after the recovery.
If the laptop is new it should prompt you to create a recovery disc.
If it is old and you dont have a disc, you could download a copy of wndows from a torrent site, but use your own serial key.
It would have to be exactly the same version, if it is an OEM copy, tied to a make (eg Dell)
Search for Dell windows xp pro.
you are looking for something like these.. http://isohunt.com/torrents/?ihq=+xp+pro+dell
Unfortunately you will need the restore disk to correct this problem. Even if you copy the old disk to the new, chances are you will copy the corrupt files and have TWO bad copies of xp. You can order the restore disk from Dell on average about $30.
If your using the Dell recovery disk that came with the computer, chance are it wont install unless your using an identical hard drive as the original that was installed in it. You may need a new full OS disk. If you still have the original drive, may be able to ghost or clone the old drive and get it to work. There are quite a few programs for copying (ghosting, cloning) a complete hard drive image onto a new drive.
At the moment, the only method of getting Windows XP install media is by purchasing the disc or ordering install media directly from Microsoft. The other way is if you're a MSDN subscriber, you can usually download software images from Microsoft and use your own key.
The other way to do this is by finding a friend who has a Windows XP cd of your version [for example, Windows XP Home OEM, OEM meaning that the disc came with a manufacturer such as Dell or HP, or Windows XP Home Retail, meaning that the disc came in a Windows XP Home box someone purchased]. If you can borrow thier disc, you can use your key off of your COA [Certificate of Authenticity] which is a sticker on your computer showing your 25 digit license key. This will install Windows XP legally on your system again.
If you own an OEM computer like Compaq, HP, Dell, etc, you can also try contacting support for that PC manufacturer and seeing if you can order recovery media for your computer model. This will install the operating system, all drivers, and software that originally came with your computer back to default when you bought your PC. You may also have recovery software installed on your computer. Look under your start menu and see if you have a suite of software from your PC manufacturer, including recovery software or system restore software.
Install the XP Pro first, install the necessary drivers etc. Then after that load the other disk for windows XP Home install it choose the drive to install the OS, install the necessary drivers etc. you will see two operating system while going to boot section of the computer.
The problem is the driver for the sata hard drive. You would need to get that from the dell site and put it on a floppy disk, then at the start of the windows install select to install that driver. I ended up just installing the rc version of windows 7 and it worked out fine.