I have a new install of windows xp,(computer had been wiped clean) I activated it last night. I used it fine, and now when I open it up it says that I need to activate before I can log in, I hit yes and it says already actived thank-you and hit Ok. I do that and it takes me to the log in screen and it says logging off. I can not get past this. I called Microsoft and couln't get a person. Can you help. Thanks Carol
1.) change AutoAdminLogon value t "1"
2.)change DefaultUserName value to whatever ur username is.
3.)change DefaultDomainName value to whatever domain u are in OR if you dont have.. you can input your PC name.
4.add a new string value the name should be DefaultPassword
then change the value to whatever password u are using..
5.)add another string named ForceAutoLogon and change the value to 1.
thats it.. ur set .. close the window and reboot your pc..
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If you mean wiping your hard disk clean and installing Windows again then - Installing Windows XP This is generally how your format the hard disk and install Windows. First you need a Windows XP installation CD and the product installation code, which is printed on the Windows label on the bottom of your laptop. Boot up with the Windows installation CD start and follow the instructions to install Windows. Next Delete the existing Windows partition. Next Create a new partition. Next format this new partition - Format the partition in NTFS not a quick format. This will prepare the Windows for a clean install. Next create a Username and company name (normally Home is all you need). Further into the installation, you will be required to put in the Installation code. During the final stages of installation you need to create an User or Users that will use this computer. When you finished installing Windows you need to install the laptop's device drivers. You need to use a computer with Internet access to download these drivers from the laptop manufacturer's WEB site and install these drivers on your laptop. Next connect a LAN cable to the LAN port from your computer to your DSL or cable modem and you need to Activate the Windows installation on the Microsoft WEB site. Next up need to upgrade Windows from the Microsoft WEB site including Service pack.
How to reinstall Windows XP operating system or installing fresh copy of Windows XP on your computer.
If your Windows XP operating system had problem due to corrupted files, viruses problem or you want to upgrade your system. This procedure will guide you in reinstalling your current Windows XP or installing fresh copy.
After this installing process, you need all your hardware drivers like Chipset Intel driver, LAN driver, Sound driver, WAN driver, Webcam driver and others for the computer to be fully operational. Otherwise, do not proceed on reinstalling you operating system if your do not have those hardware drivers.
CDROM drive is required for installing Windows XP. If you don't have in your notebook computer, use external CDROM drive to connect in your computer using a USB cable.
1. To start with, you need to back up your in blank CD all your important files before you begin installation produre because all the data will be wipe out.
2. When ready, start your computer and when booting press F2 to BIOS setting.
3. On BIOS menu, choose the BOOT setting and change the priority boot to CDROM, exit and save.
In some laptops, you can skip this BIOS setting process by repeatedly pressing F9 key or F10key when booting your computer and it will run boot priority on CD.
4. Once you exit from BIOS, you computer will reboot and a message will appear " Press any key to boot from CD", press any key to enter into WINDOWS XP SET UP.
5. Belows instruction messages will appear:
* To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER * To repair Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R * To quit set up without installing Windows XP, press F3
Press ENTER to initiate the installation.
6. You will go to Windows XP license agreement and press F8 to agree.
7. You will ask you if you want to REPAIR or REINSTALL the operating system. It will appear like this. Just press ESC to proceed.
A. To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R. B. To continue installing fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.
From repairing your operating system, it will not removed all your files and other software installed in your computer including your hardware drivers installed. Just fixing the operating system.
For reinstalling the operating system, you need to back up all you files because it will wipe out all you datas in your computer.
8. After that, it ask you where partition you want to install the operating system. The message will display like this :
C : Partition1 [NTFS] D : Partition2 [NTFS] Unpartitioned Space
Use the directional key to navigate and choose C: Partition1 if you want reinstalling Windows XP and press enter.
If you want clean copy of Windows XP, you need to delete both partition by pressing L and install clean copy at Unpartitioned space. By these procedure, you will have C: drive only. D: Drive is delete.
9. After choosing the desire partition. this will appear :
* Format the partition using NTFS files system * Format the partition using the NFTS file
I suggest to choose the first line which is the quick format. The 2nd line take too much time to install the operating system. Press to initiate the installation and it will be finish and reboot automatically. PART OF WINDOWS INSTALLATION IS FINISHED.
If you had interrupted installation which is asking for certain driver file, your CD installer maybe damage which cause files to be unreadable. Try to replace the new Windows XP installer CD to proceed and until finished installing OS.
10. Once it reboots, this time do not boot from CD or do not press any key to go to PART2 OF WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION PROCESS.
11. On the opening, regional and laguage option will appear, jus click next.
12. The it will ask to type your name & organization. Put you name and company if any and click next
13. Then, it will ask for CD key and type the 25 character CD key and click next
14. Then it will ask for computer name. You can change or leave it and click next.
15. Then, set your date and time zone and click next.
16. Then, it will ask you for workgroup and computer domain, just leave it and click next.
17. Now wait until the installation process end and it will again restart automatically.
18. Again, do not boot from CD and display setting will appear. Just click OK.
19. welcom to Microsoft Windows screen will appear. Just click next.
20. Helps protect your PC will appear and choose Turn on Automatic Updates ( Only if you install genuine Windows XP). Otherwise, I suggest to choose "Not right not" if you are installing copy only of Windows XP.
21. Who will use this computer message will appear. Just type your name on the first box and click next.
Also for your reference, here is the video for your convenient .
A thank you message will appear, Just click next and it is finished.
I hope it helps you and thank you for using FixYa !
For repairing the operating system here is the blog as other want it.
As per others demand, here is the video for Windows 7 and Windows Vista Operating system
Having Trouble Booting To Your Windows Upgrade Disc?
...Upgrade discs aren't bootable discs. To repair a windows installation, you must use either a system repair disc or, better yet, a windows installation disc (genuine Retail/OEM discs are pretty much your only option to completely reinstall your windows operating system, unless you own a previous full installation disc of a previously released Windows version (such as XP or Vista), in which case you could install that windows operating system and then upgrade to a newer windows OS like windows 7. however if you ever need to reinstall windows 7, you would either need to reinstall the older windows OS, then upgrade to the newer one.
If that isn't clear, I'll sum it up....
Let's say you bought a computer, that computer had windows xp home edition. Maybe you wanted to upgrade from Windows XP/Windows Vista or Windows 7?
Well in order to switch from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7, (or even from Windows 7 home premium- to windows7 Pro or Ultimate), then you must either:
A) Buy an upgrade disc and upgrade to the newer desired version.
B) Or, Buy a Retail Copy of the version you want to install. (keep in mind that a retail Windows 7 disc can be used to perform an upgrade rather than to competely wipe the hard disc and perform a clean install (delete partitions, reformat, and perform a new windows installation), if you so choose.
The bottom line is, you cannot Install a fresh clean copy of windows using an upgrade disc. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Retail Windows Operation System Installation Setup Discs are "Bootable Discs". Windows Upgrade Discs are NOT bootable. (unless one where to "modify that particular disc, which is not legal).
Boot up with the Windows XP installation CD (you will need the Product Installation code) then proceed to install Windows XP follow the instruction to delete the existing partition - create a new partition - then Format the partition (not a quick Format) - this will wipe the hard disk and install a clean Windows XP system.
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:
http://download.cnet.com/Active-Kill-Disk-Hard-Drive-Eraser/3000-2092_4-10073508.html save the ISO Image to desktop and download Imageburn Free ISO burner to make a live CD http://download.imgburn.com/SetupImgBurn_220.127.116.11.exe
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/burnisofile.htm ^^^^ HOW TO BURN ISO IMAGE If you just want to put a new OS on the computer you don't need to wipe it. You will have the option to delete all active partitions before downloading the new system. Hope this helps
Unfortunately there is no other way of getting out of the activation loop than to do a full reinstall. Make a backup of your data, download new installers for all your programs (if they come with a disk then try are also available for download) and recover all your keys - either directly or use special soft like MagicJellyBean.
My Windows XP installation has reached its half-life. (You do
know that Windows has a half-life, don’t you? Every installation of
Windows naturally degrades along a logarithmic curve until it becomes
annoying, then unbearable, then unusable. Each successive revision of
Windows has featured a slightly longer half-life. Back in the day,
Windows 95 would last me about 3 months, while my copy of Windows XP
has lasted me almost 9. I’m not bitter; when you realize that you’re
measuring on a logarithmic scale, a factor of 3 improvement is really
Still, the fact remains that my Windows XP laptop can no longer (a)
print, (b) sleep, or (c) change network settings without crashing. This
is not multiple choice; it can’t do any of those things. It’s time for a clean re-install.
Back up entire d: drive to iMac upstairs. rsync rocks.
Find Windows XP install disc.
Reboot with Windows XP install disc.
Asked for product activation. Curse Microsoft.
Search my house in vain for my original, 100% legitimate, retail Windows XP box.
Search control panels in vain for a window, dialog, tab, or pane that displays my current product key.
Search Google for “windows xp get current product key”.
Find a utility on a cracker web page in Russia that displays the
current product key. This is one of the more lame utilities, since most
of the good ones allow you to change it. I don’t wish to change it; I
actually have a perfectly good product key, I just don’t know what it
Reboot with Windows XP install disc.
Reboot repeatedly as required.
Boot screen. Choose between “Windows XP Professional” and “Windows
XP Professional”. Brilliant. Pick one. The wrong one. Boot into fucked
Windows XP install. Hard reboot. Pick the right one. Make mental note
to hack boot.ini later.
“Welcome to Windows XP. You have no useful programs and no internet
access. You have 30 days left for activation. Would you like to
activate now?” Yes, I would, but I have no internet access.
Unnecessarily loud and cheerful startup noises. Make mental note to turn off all sounds later.
Search the “Network and Internet Connections” wizards in vain for
some way to set up my Linksys wireless card. Having never done a clean
install of XP (I previously upgraded from Windows 2000), and having
been moderately impressed by the new wireless networking features in
XP, I naively assumed this would “just work”. Silly rabbit.
Search my house for my Linksys wireless card driver install disc.
Find the install disc that came with the old card, that broke and was
replaced by the new-and-improved version 3.0 card. Wonder if that will
Fight with the “Add New Hardware Wizard” trying to install the obviously inferior drivers off this disc.
Wonder where the “Device Manager” is hiding.
Find the “Device Manager”. Right-click on the unknown device,
“Linksys_Instant_Wireless_Card”. Update driver. “Windows was unable to
locate a driver for this device. Would you like to search on the
internet?” Yes, I’d love to, but I can’t, you moron. Install driver
from specific location. Specify WIN2000 folder on old-and-inferior
“This driver is not digitally signed.” OK.
“This driver may cause your computer to become unstable.” OK.
“This driver may anally rape *********** while pouring sugar down your gas tank.” OK.
Nothing. No connection, no internet access, no acknowledgment of any device whatsoever.
“Take a tour of Windows XP!” I am.
Dig out old wired PCMCIA card. Take computer upstairs. Plug
directly into switch. cmd. ipconfig. We have an IP address. ping
www.google.com. We have name resolution and internet access.
Fire up Internet Explorer. runonce.msn.com. No. www.linksys.com.
Support. Downloads. WPC11. Windows XP. Linksys.com rocks.
Insert Linksys wireless card.
Back to Device Manager.
Uninstall old-and-inferior driver.
“This driver is not digitally signed.” OK.
“This driver may cause your computer to become unstable.” OK.
“This driver may…” OK.
cmd. ipconfig. We have internet access.
“Add your .NET Passport to Windows XP!” No.
Fire up Internet Explorer. www.msn.com. No. www.mozilla.org. Download Mozilla.
Realize I should create an “f8dy” user because it will make my life easier later.
Create “f8dy” as an administrator. Log out. Log in.
Install Mozilla. Yes, I would like to make you my default browser. The world is happiness and glee.
“Take a tour of Windows XP!” Sigh.
“30 days left for activation!” Click. Yes, I would like to activate
Windows over an active internet connection, now that I have one. No, I
would not like to register with Microsoft. Yes, I have read the privacy
statement and agree to give up my computer, my civil rights, and my
first-born child. I wasn’t using my civil rights anyway.
Back to Mozilla. Set up IMAP server. Set up SMTP server. Set up
LDAP directories. Fiddle with endless settings. Ooh, 1.5 alpha has
auto-login scripts in Chatzilla. Make mental note to get on IRC when
this is all done and ***** about it to a bunch of Linux-loving hippies.
Search Google for “windows xp tweakui”.
Download TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe. Run TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe.
“The procedure entry point GetDllDirectoryW could not be located in the
dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll”
Dig. Dig. Dig. Aha. TweakUI requires Windows XP Service Pack 1.
Fire up Internet Explorer again. windowsupate.microsoft.com. “Do
you want to install and run Windows Update V4 Control?” Yes. “Always
trust content from Microsoft Corporation?” No.
“Windows Update has found 39 critical updates and service packs.” Install now.
“Service Pack 1 must be installed separately from other updates.” OK.
Yes, I agree to bend over, grease up, and accept the End User License Agreement.
Wait. Time passes.
Wait. Time passes.
Wait. Time passes. It is getting dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
“Take a tour of Windows XP!”
“Add your .NET Passport to Windows XP!”
Fire up Internet Explorer. “Windows Update has found 26 critical updates.” This we call progress. Install now.
You cannot install Windows XP over WIndows Vista. Microsoft has put a lock on the Vista software and will not allow you to downgrade to a lower software. The only way you can do it is to wipe your hard drive completely clean first with a disk deleting software or with the command "fdisk" at the DOS prompt. However, this is dangerous and I do not recommend it unless you have someone professionally trained to do it. It will wipe everything off of your disk and then you can load Windows XP.
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How to Downgrade Vista to XP
Downgrading from Windows Vista to Windows XP is almost like installing Windows XP for the first time. You should take all the normal precautions like backing up all your important files and record important passwords in a different place, preferably on a CD. When you downgrade from Windows Vista to XP, note that Windows Vista will be completely removed from your system.
(Note: There is a way to have both Vista and XP in a dual boot configuration, but that's an option for more advanced users. See Dual Booting Vista and XP for more info on that.)
Before you begin the XP installation, make sure that the necessary XP hardware drivers are available, or included on the XP disk provided by your PC vendor. If in doubt, check the vendor's website or poke around with your favorite search engine to see if others have attempted the XP install on the same hardware. You may be able to install XP without all the needed drivers, but some hardware may not work afterwards.
Also, make sure that you have a genuine Windows XP CD before you begin the downgrade. Be sure to read the section earlier in this article to see if you qualify for a low/no cost XP recovery disk from your PC vendor. If not, perhaps you have an XP disc that came with another computer. If you've upgraded an existing computer from XP to Vista, the best choice would be the XP install/recovery disc that came with that computer. One some PC's the vendor doesn't ship a CD, but the recovery CD can be created from disk images on the hard drive. If all else fails, you can always buy a copy of Windows XP on Ebay. Just be sure it's a legal, licensed copy.
Follow these steps to install Windows XP on your Vista machine:
Insert your Windows XP install/recovery CD and restart your computer.
Install Windows XP normally, providing either the product key that came with the disk, or the one you got from Microsoft customer support. If the installer warns you that another copy of Windows is already installed, don't worry. Remember, this install will wipe out your existing Vista installation.
Activate your copy of Windows XP when it prompts you to do so. If you run into the "already activated" problem, you can use the option to activate by phone.
If you own Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, explain to the rep that you want to use your Downgrade Rights to install XP Pro.
If you own Vista Home Basic/Premium, or you are installing XP Home Edition, don't mention ANYTHING about Vista. Just give the rep your XP product key (not the Vista key), explain that you are installing XP on a new hard drive, and tell them you need to activate.