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Mistake install My kids have an old computer that is strictly for kids software. Like a dufus, I installed my copy of Windows xp on there Dell Computer that was designed for Windows 98. (I thought this would make their computer better-duh) Now half of their little games do not work and their monitor is not compatible. I no longer have the Windows 98 cd, but the product key is affixed to the side. Is there a way to get a replacement cd?

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Are you familiar, looking up the system properties of your computer?

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You could reformat the hard drive. Do you have a start up disk for windows 98? run fdisk at the A:/ in dos. if you dont know how to reformat the hard drive, you could buy a new hard drive and put it in, then put windows xp in cd and let it run, it will install all drivers, and will run better then windows 98, windows xp is better. if you can upgrade the memory in your computer it will run faster and work better.

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Hey, you can probably buy a windows 98se copy from ebay
or with some luck from a local pc shop / repair shop.

Microsoft stoped supporting windows 98 many years ago, and its no longer in production. So my guess is no.

Your best shot is to get it used.

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My compter be a victim of sotfware couterfeiting

Did you just purchase the computer, and it had Windows XP Professional "pre-installed"?
If so, the store that sold you the computer may have used a "counterfeit" copy of Windows, rather than using a "genuine" copy of Windows (which only cost them about $100).

Or, did you recently take the computer to a computer-store, for repair (such as after having a computer-virus), and did they reinstall Windows, again using "counterfeit" software?

Or, did a "friend" install Windows XP, using "counterfeit" software?

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When browsing the internet I picked up a Trojan Virus and immediately up came "Thinkpoint" with a Microsoft logo, telling me to download Thinkpoint and run it. When I did the answer was "23...

Buy a new disk-drive (your current disk-drive probably is a few years old, and probably the warranty on the disk-drive has expired. So, it's good "preventative maintenance" to replace it before it "dies".)

Disconnect the old disk-drive.
Connect the new disk-drive.
Re-install Windows.
Re-install anti-virus software (or pick a different one, since your current one "failed" to protect you).
Re-install programs (Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, WinAmp).
Reconnect the old disk-drive as a "slave" drive.
Copy all your files from the "old" disk to the "new" disk.
Virus-scan the "old" disk.

Eventually, "wipe" the old disk, and then, once a week, copy all your files from the "new" disk to the "old" disk, to create a good "second" copy of all your files, to protect you, should your "new" disk-drive suddenly fail.

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This copy of Windows did not pass genuine validation

If you purchased the computer with Windows XP Professional pre-installed from a computer-store, then the computer-store is guilty of "software piracy". Call Microsoft (1-800-R-U-LEGIT) and report the store for not selling you a "genuine" copy of Microsoft software.

If you have a brand-name computer (e.g., Dell, eMachines) purchased since 2001, it came with a genuine copy of Windows, and a decal (either on the side of a desktop computer, or on the bottom of a laptop) with a valid 25-character product-key.
Contact that manufacturer, and order a replacement set of the "System Restore" CD/DVD disks. Reinstall Windows using those disks and the product-key.

If you have a "bootleg" version of Windows, you need to follow the on-screen instructions to "get genuine", i.e., use your credit-card to purchase a valid product-key from MIcrosoft.

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How do I change key code for Windows XP. Somehow I have a notice that Windows Genuine Advantage is on my system and has determined that my copy is illegal. The copy on my system is a legal copy that was...

Windows activation is right. Your do not have a legal installation of XP. It works strictly on fact and bases its results on a long list of legalities. It has nothing to gain by "lying" to you and everything to lose. You should speak to the company that sold you the computer or anyone that reinstalled XP for you and have them resolve this problem.

However, if you still think that you have a legal copy of XP you can try re-entering the key. The process is to deactive XP and then reactiveate it using the new product key. Here is a decent tutorial:

Hopefully, this will take care of things.

However, if it does not work it means that the product key you are using cannot legally active the copy of XP installed on your computer. (Ex. XP-OEM, XP-Retail, XP-MAPS CD-ROMs each have a specific set of product keys that are not interchangeable.)

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Wanting to copy winxp from my pc to another pc that does not have

The windows xp operating system cannot be copy from one computer to another, but if you have the windows xp cd you can install on the other computer. It will work just as the original installation but if you download and install updates from the microsoft website your computer can be infected with a software call {WGA} Windows Genuine Advantage.
The WGA can make you computer background become black and will popup often telling you that your windows xp is counterfeit,it can be very inconvenient so if you install the windows xp from the CD which was install in another computer you need to make sure you don't update anything. If my answer it useful to the situation please vote for me Tank you

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System backup

depending on what drive it is. Let's say it's a western digital, They all have software on there websites to copy a drive to a new drive. in westerd digitals case it would be and in the support downloads section you would find the software.

You would have to hook up both drives and tell it which you drive you want to copy from (old drive) and to (new drive)

Mar 04, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for PC

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Am victim of software counterfeiting how to resolve this problem in window xp

switch to Ubuntu. It is free and includes an office program, and has no viruses. Google Ubuntu, you will like it. It runs faster than XP and it shuts down and starts up faster.

May 09, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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I was installing Turbo Tax 2008 and Windows XP crashed

Madam/Sir --

I none of the mode is working you need to boot from the cd to do any further steps.
inorder to boot from the cd you need to go to the bios and change the boot sequence to boot order.
It varies system to system once to you boot from the cd try to log on to recovery console and do a manual system restore by following the below steps - :
Step 1:

Boot with the windows XP CD

At "Welcome to setup screen" Press R

Select the appropriate path for windows and press enter
If it asks you for the administrator password, normaly there is not password but if you have a password type the administrator password and
press enter or just hit enter

We will now see the Prompt c:\windows>

Step 2:
cd system32\config

ren system system.old
ren software software.old
ren SAM SAM.old
ren security security.old
ren default default.old

Then type cd Type cd system~1\_resto~1 and press Enter

If you get "access denied" (Error) then

Restart the computer by type Exit and get back to recovery console

type cd \ and it will display C:\>
type cd system~1\_resto~1 and press Enter

Step 3:
Type dir
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(e.g. RP1, RP2, RP3, RP4, etc...)

Select the one from the list except the last one
Say RP4

· type cd RP3 (or RP2 or RP1 or RPn) and enter

· type cd snapshot and enter

· type copy _registry_user_.default c:\windows\system32\config\default and enter

· type copy _registry_machine_security c:\windows\system32\config\security and

· type copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software and

· type copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system and enter

· type copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam and enter

· type exit and enter

The computer restarts and the system will be
Successfully restored

Mar 20, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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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.

Best of luck!

Mar 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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This wouldn't really be a Dell problem.
I was reading some reviews on FT and AL and a number of people have complained about it being really "buggy".
It's that software that is causing the problem.
However, there are hundreds of different groups about different Sims games.

I would uninstall the Sims stuff, and explore the Sims support groups. You may also want to contact EA Games (the makes of the software, and describe your problem to them to see if they have any patches or work arounds for that install (that software on that computer). There are a number of times, that certain computers runs specific software for video drivers, or sounds drivers that conflicts with different softwares.
Once you have talked to them, and obtained any patches, then reinstall the software, and the patches, and go from there.

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