Validating windows xp professional
As previously mentioned, my friend's Presario originally came new with Windows Vista installed but, after experiencing many problems with Vista, he bought the XP disk to replace the Vista OS installation.As also mentioned, there had been the original XP "install" on his Presario and one later "re-install" using this disk and without any problems in validating or activating the installation."A plot by Microsoft to p*$$ off XP-users", I thought.
This after using it previously for two successful earlier installs.
Given the problem that I am also having with the "validation" problem when trying to update Windows on my own computer, this is sounding more and more like Microsoft is making it difficult for XP users in order to "push" them into purchasing Windows 7. Did you delete all partitions, create one or more new ones, then format? In both cases, just as I have always done in the past, I do a "clean" install from "scratch" using the existing partition and reformat that partition as part of the installation process.
Are you using different product keys for both installations? The XP installation disk which I use for the installs on my Dell Dimension 4700 originally came from Dell with the purchase of a new Dimension 8400 and is fully "legal" with the "key code".
For this reason, I had to go ahead and install SP2 and SP3 in order to access the internet and perform the activation.1.
I have not used the diagnostic tool at the web site linke which you included in your message. Since there are similar, but somewhat different problems which have occurred on my friend's Compaq and my Dell, To keep them separate, my friend's XP disk for his Compaq is the "Home" version and mine, for my Dell, is the "Professional" version.