locked in widows xp reinstall process

December 1, 2015 at 16:07:48
Specs: xp windows
how can i escape reinstall of windows xp . I am at product key prompt and I lost product key for disc. when I restart computer it goes back to installation process

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#1
December 1, 2015 at 18:51:00
As I recall you can bypass entering the key by just leaving it blank and clicking to go to the next phase of install. Then you'll have a certain length of time--2 weeks, a month, something like that--to enter a key and register at MS or call them to manually register.

Does your PC have a COA sticker with a key on it? If so try that. The key that originally came with your disk isn't written into the disk. The disk has a formula to verify the key you enter is valid so any key that passes the formula on the disk will work.

If the COA key doesn't work you may still be able to manually register it with MS.


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#2
December 2, 2015 at 00:56:39
the only solution is to google up a product key, mate. my version of xp (professional sp2) doesnt continue installation without a product key. as of the reinstall process, if ur xp supports trial, maybe the trial is over. what version of xp r u using?
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DAVEINCAPS which version of XP lets u use a trial version of it? heard for the first time, mention the name bro, curious to know :)

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#3
December 2, 2015 at 01:31:36
I thought it was for all versions but this:

http://www.tipandtrick.net/install-...

says it only works for versions with SP3. Well anyway he can try it and see what happens.

I think most googled XP keys will be used already and might work for installation but not for activation by MS. I've found that keys on COA stickers from junked systems where XP was preinstalled often aren't used because they have cloned installations and therefore have the same key in their registry. The COA sticker is the individual license.


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#4
December 2, 2015 at 01:51:54
lazlowbutts--is it OK if I call you Bill or something easy?--you say this is part of a reinstall. If you remove the XP cd and boot from the hard drive can you boot to the old version or maybe the bootloader screen will come up and give you a choice on which OS to boot to?

If you can boot to the old version there's software that will extract the key from the registry and you can use it for the reinstall.


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#5
December 2, 2015 at 03:38:15
its so tiring bro, windows installation, activation, maintenance, stuff. i use peppermint 5 and it does all my work. i too used XP once but it is a series of mess and gets infected easily. i still have the product key (professional sp2, not activated). if the post author wants i can give him :)

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#6
December 2, 2015 at 04:23:50
Are you mindful that that there are at l;east "two" versions of an XP Key; and that the XP-Pro keys won't work (As I understand it) withXP-Home...

There are OEM keys and Retail keys...; they don't mix 'n match...

Which version the OS do you have;what version is the CD - OEM or Retail?

Also - can you still access/boot into the installation (as was) in either normal or safe-mode?


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#7
December 2, 2015 at 17:49:25
jaysarma987... it is all very well using "text" type abbreviations in your post but you should remember that some readers are not English speaking and may have difficulty understanding your posts. Also if I may be permitted it is not good policy to refer to someone as "bro" either. Most replies are addressed to the writer by user name.

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#8
December 2, 2015 at 23:24:13
sorry, but why? i mean the "bro" thing.
DAVEINCAPS u mind?

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#9
December 3, 2015 at 01:36:16
No I suppose it's OK though sometimes threads get long and involved with several different responders and it's not always clear who a person is replying to.

Most people here just use dave or DAVE when referring to me and I'll often do the same if part of their user name contains a simplier name. The user name 'dave' was already in use when I signed up and that's probably the case with most common first names so we end up with a lot of convoluted user names.

Wait till you come across a posting where the OP describes their problem with such bad grammar, run-on sentences, made up abbreviations and misspellings that it's next to impossible to figure out what they're talking about.


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#10
December 3, 2015 at 02:37:43
I can see/appreciate the use of "bro"... It is a genuine term of of association (friendship in some cases) and/or appreciation within some social groups, ethnic communities? Not unlike the once used (not so much these days) "mate" in parts of theUK; and similarly "buddy" in the USA (and less so in Canada).

The use of text speak in forum posts does frequently cause "konphusions" (think of G.B. Shaw...) and reduces the chances of help in resolving a given problem. Let alone making some posts almost incomprehensible to those not "fluent" in whichever version of "txt spk" is being used...


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#11
December 3, 2015 at 07:58:55
Aren't "mate" and "bro" both reserved for the male of the species? I personally don't wish to be referred to my either of them. Maybe cause I'm not a guy....

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#12
December 3, 2015 at 12:37:54
ahhh... now there's the rub.. possibly you is an alien of unknown/undetermined origins... maybe "one of them"... whose been here since aeons ago...

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#13
December 3, 2015 at 19:14:25
the topic is being changed lol. lets get back to the old one! hey lazlowbutts has your problem been solved?

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