Solved Instal probs-xphome 1st/xppro2nd/now xphome update/validprob

April 2, 2014 at 14:03:31
Specs: Windows XP, 2.7 gigaherz up to 2
Dell Dimension 2300 running original Dell installation given to me by my boss (install CD came with the new computer 2002) - Problem - someone - before the computer was given to me installed XP Professional Business version (have the legal cd for that one). However, I wanted the original XP Home that came with computer. I 0-wrote the drive and installed the Home version - and it installs the correct version, not the business one; however, it does not prompt for a cd key and goes straight into install, on checking the version it gives the OEM # instead of my original Dell CD # on right clicking C and then properties. It should be saying my version and of course I have the Genuine validation issue when I have both legal original cd install disks. Please help as I want my updates. Thanks. I will purchase a new operating system or computer in a few months; however, can't at the moment, so I have to try and make these old bones work. Thanks.

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April 2, 2014 at 23:50:55
I hadn't heard sp3 was buggy. I haven't had any problem with it on my computers. I'd go ahead and install it.

What browser are you using? XP comes with IE6 and not much works with that anymore.

I found this but I don't know if it applies to your 'genuine advantage tool' problem:

http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sh...



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April 2, 2014 at 14:25:19
There is no such thing as a legal install disk. Windows XP Install disks are two a penny,
It is the Certificate of authenticity that matters. That comes either with the computer the OEM version came with or with the packaging on a retail disk. The OEM version generally will only work on the make of computer is was issued with.

So you need to use the version that is shown on the COA certificate that should be affixed to the bottom of the computer with the appropriate version.

There are only two version of Windows VP. Home and Profession. There is no such thing as a business version.

Stuart


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#2
April 2, 2014 at 15:00:44
If it didn't ask for a product key you must be using a restore disk and not a regular installation disk. The product key on the coa sticker on the case is not the same as the one installed by the restore disk. The restore disks are all the same for each model but the key on the coa sticker is unique to that system.

Also, you can't view the product key from 'system properties'. That shows the product ID along with the windows version you have installed.

If I understand what you're saying you shouldn't have a problem with it being 'genuine'. You might have problems with updates because MS is dropping XP support but not because it's not genuine.


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April 2, 2014 at 16:24:44
Support for Windows XP doesn't end till 8 April so you still have a few more days to get your updates. It is still working with my installation of Windows XP.

Stuart


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#4
April 2, 2014 at 18:20:23
"you still have a few more days to get your updates"

XP updates aren't being cut off on the 8th; there simply won't be any new updates released after the 8th (at least not thru Microsoft). A software company named TENCENT is supposedly taking over security updates for XP in China. That means new updates will most likely become available for download thru torrents or some other site rather than thru "Windows Update". So it looks like XP can live on, if you want it to.

https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/t...


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#5
April 2, 2014 at 21:18:44
The original Dell cd reads on the cd itself: Operating System Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - one can use on a Dell Computer for which the 20 digit code is on the side of the computer. I have had no problems with this installation and it validated out as Genuine at the Microsoft update site and I got updates on it for a couple of years now, before the next cd (XP Pro) was installed by a coworker thinking it could fix a problem and since it was in its packaging still unopened thought it would be a new copy to use. See the next paragaph:

The Xp Pro CD states directly on the CD: Operating System aleady installed on your computer - Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
(The software is already installed on your computer. Only use the CD to reinstall the operating system on a Dell Computer) - It was in a package sealed and unopened with the code directly on the packaging. I did not have a computer with the authenticity sticker on it for this one. It was on the unopened packaging that housed the CD.

I did not like XP Pro, so I zero wrote the drive and put the 1st CD in with anticipation of the product coming up and asking for the key on the side of my computer; as it normally does, however, it did not come up with any key verification during the installation of the 1st cd and when I go to do the updates, the Genuine Advantage tool won't install so I can not get my updates.

**It is a genuine CD and I have never had a problem with this CD installing the windows or getting the updates until the other CD as above was put on here in error.

Is there any way to make it come back up on install and ask for the key and install normally.

It is not giving me a 30 day notice, it is Genuine; however, it is not verifying as Genuine at the update site, I know it is genuine as I was with my boss when she bought the computer in 2002 which was given to me years ago. I only brought it back in the office recently to have enough computers and the Xp Pro CD got installed on same.

Thanks.



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#6
April 2, 2014 at 21:26:08
It does state on right click of my computer/properties that it is XP Home edition Service Pack 2. It just will not let me download the Genuine Advantage tool as it has always let me do. I thought the zero-write would take care of that part.

I hope the updates will be available through another site when XP support ends. Maybe we won't go through these things on having a valid reinstallation cd.

Thanks.


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#7
April 2, 2014 at 21:33:04
I was wondering also if installing service pack 3 would help as I heard it would, but it is buggy and do you really need it, thanks.

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April 2, 2014 at 23:50:55
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I hadn't heard sp3 was buggy. I haven't had any problem with it on my computers. I'd go ahead and install it.

What browser are you using? XP comes with IE6 and not much works with that anymore.

I found this but I don't know if it applies to your 'genuine advantage tool' problem:

http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sh...


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#9
April 3, 2014 at 01:19:51
It is probably te lack of SP3 that is causing the problem with Genuine advantage. There is nothing wrong with SP3. I and millions of others have installed SP3 with no problems.

The only people that had problems with SP3 are those that installed it on a machine tthat was already compromised by malware.

Stuart


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#10
April 3, 2014 at 23:56:02
Thanks to everyone, I did upgrade it to IE8 as I discovered about a few years ago IE6 was a nightmare and outdated. I will install the sp3 and maybe that will help. Also is there any other browser version of IE that works well still with XP Home, I had on my prior installation Firefox/IChrome, Chrome did not work well, Firefox was excellent. Some things my accounts bank/etc I could pull up with Firefox and some with IE, so I had both.

Everyone has been so helpful. This forum has always helped and much thanks is appreciated.


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#11
April 4, 2014 at 15:35:45
IE 8 is the highest you can go with XP. Anything newer than that will need to be one of the non-MS browsers.

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#12
April 4, 2014 at 16:07:29
If you are keeping XP see these:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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