Trial software and reloading Windows

Gateway Mx6440 notebook
December 20, 2009 at 18:09:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP MCE SP3, 1.794 GHz / 1982 MB
What is it about using the Windows cd to reload the operating system and having trial software remembered somehow so you can't use it again?

Where is this information stored?

I am aware that third party software can resolve this, but I want to know where the info is stored?

Can I use Fdisk or some other program to find this information and just delete it?

Do I really need to format a drive with "0's" and "1's" for Windows to work at its best?

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December 20, 2009 at 18:11:49
First of all re-installing Windows would mean none of the installed software will work anymore.

Why do you want to re-install? What is your current problem?

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December 20, 2009 at 18:35:49
The trial software time limitation is in the registry. IMO, it's stupid to reload windows just to get an extra 30-day trial (or whatever) & the fact that it's not working for you means that you're not wiping the drive properly. A "repair install" isn't the same thing as deleting the partitions then recreating them, then doing a full format, then reinstalling the OS. Besides, a little creative googling will turn up just about any product key on the market.

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December 20, 2009 at 18:45:02
No idea why you thing Fdisk might help you. Fdisk is for managing partitions. It wont find anything on the hard disk.

You don't need to format the drive with 1s and 0s. As Jam says, deleting and recreating the partitions is all that is required. Of course you will lose everything on the partitions you delete.

I it takes me a day and half to reinstall and configure everything after a clean install - and thats with backups. Something I only do when absolutely necessary which about once every two years. Just for the sake of a thirty day trial is not worth the hastle.


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December 21, 2009 at 04:46:03
I recently have been using a .tib file that has been created by a local computer shop to reload Windows.

If I use Acronis software to just delete the partition, then reload the .tib image, is that the same outcome as what jam described?

Also, if I size the image to be 30 GB on a 100 GB drive, will this make the computer better by being more responsive due to less disk space size it will have to manage?

Getting my Windows to work proper is a slow process as I havn't decided what programs to use. Well I use to know not what to use , but now I have created a list of programs that I require and that I use often.

Loading programs for me is sometimes not so good as I don't know the correct procedure. I just load like as many as I can until a program asks me to restart, then sometimes I do. Either way if i restart right away or keep loading programs, I always end up with a system error such as having the System Restore function not able to Restore to a previous state, or the length of time to start up Windows or shut down windows.

Trial software must store something somewhere else other than the registry because if I were to use a trial demo of software and reload Windows with its deletion and format before loading the Windows operating system, why does it still not allow me to use the demo software unless I were to wipe the disc with a third party software before setting partitions and loading windows?

lol, and no, I will not "creative google" anything if I bringing it into a shop. I don't want any trouble, just a well running machine so I can have the full Windows XP MCE experience. And what that means is a laptop that runs and works consistently without me having to become a computer windows repair person just to have a laptop that works the way it should, without errors.

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December 21, 2009 at 05:49:48
Trial software uses different methods to know when the trial period is up. The registry is the only location the program could track usage. When the program installs it can place a marker ANYWHERE in the registry that can be used to determine if the software has been installed before. This marker may have nothing to do with the program itself and may not be removed when the program is un-installed. Registry cleaners may not find it if the marker is not identified as an orphan file.

If you like a program enough to keep it then you should buy it.

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December 21, 2009 at 08:15:07
"and having trial software remembered somehow so you can't use it again?"

If you install xp it should not remember your trial software on the local computer. It can't unless they store in a new partition or some other writeable area. Bios and hard drive have flash that can be written to. I don't know of any other area that can be used to write to.

Fdisk is a partition program. On a hard drive it basically sets where the start point is and where each row is sort of. simple terms. It also has some other uses.

There is no advantage to run over a drive with 1's and 0's unless you are trying to test the drive or mark bad sectors. It doesn't speed up the system.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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