reinstall very slow

Via694 / Awrdacpi
August 22, 2009 at 09:59:23
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.247 GHz / 511 MB
I bought a real copy of XP from Micro$oft, expecting to reinstall over a "pirated" copy. I read all the literature before doing so, and since 5am I have tried 4 times. It is now 1pm, and it seems to be loading. But obviously very slowly.
The screen says,"please wait while Setup copies files to the Windows installation folders. This may take several minutes."
How about several HOURS....
It was going at 5% every 20-30 mins. Now at 1% every 40 mins.
Do I just walk away and try to get some work done today? I'm trying to save my data. Outside of that, I guess a clean install and try to find and load progs and apps would be my only recourse.
Anyone else had this problem?
I thought I was doing the right thing, and maybe I should call M$ about it. I spent enough $$$...
RanJ

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#1
August 22, 2009 at 10:19:48
The only thing that was pirated was the product key. All you had to do was change the "illegal" key to a legal one...you did NOT have to reinstall Windows. In fact, if you knew the trick to make your pirated copy "legal", you wouldn't have had to buy anything. Google is an amazing tool, but you have to know how to use it.

Since you already "wasted" your money & you can't return opened software, I suggest you wipe the drive & do a clean install. But before you do that, were you having some sort of problem that prompted you to run out & buy a copy of XP (other than your copy was pirated)? If you were having problems that you thought were related to the pirated copy, you *may* have thought wrong. Obviously a hardware issue can't be fixed by reinstalling software.


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#2
August 22, 2009 at 10:32:41
jam,
I was having some problems way before. The system was fairly unstable. I checked for viruses using many progs. My main problem about 6 weeks ago was that neither of my 2 dvd drives worked anymore.
Tried some workarounds from here and from friends. Ended up just buying a new all-in-one multi drive. Got windows to boot and took it from there.
More problems and instability persisted. I backed up what I could, and decided that maybe I need some updates from M$. Only way I knew how to get them was to have the "WGA" by buying it.
So I got a bunch of updates, SP3 one of them, and things declined even further until I couldn't even boot into windows.
M$ sent me a disk in the mail, so I decided to try that, and That's where I am now. Hanging at 42% copying files.

Sounds like I took the expensive way, wish I knew...

RanJ

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#3
August 22, 2009 at 11:22:54
Sounds like hardware problems, not software.

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#4
August 24, 2009 at 09:55:21
Still trying with a clean install, and no hdw involved. Still hangs at the same points when copying files. This has taken DAYS, not several minutes. I am at my wit's end.
Time for the 12 guage, I think. Take it out back and put it out of it's misery. And mine...
Too bad- it was a nice machine for years.

RanJ

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