windows xp sp3 disc

August 24, 2009 at 10:32:49
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
I bought and downloaded a copy of Windows XP PRO SP3,along with activation code.I bought it because I don't have the original disc,and I have trouble backing up. Anyway, I copied the program to cd. Is there any way I can test the disc without going into a install process?

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#1
August 24, 2009 at 11:25:21
Where did you buy this from?

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#2
August 24, 2009 at 14:30:26
Something is very suspicious. What file format was the download...ISO?

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#3
August 24, 2009 at 18:30:16
yes,it it is a 675MB ISO image. I copied it to cd but want to know what I'm doing before I stick it in to run.

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#4
August 24, 2009 at 19:08:24
Where did you buy it from? It may be an illegal key.

How much did you pay for it?

What is the model of your computer?


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#5
August 25, 2009 at 15:28:02
First off, you don't copy it to CD. an ISO is an image of the CD. you need burning software to extract the data from the ISO image and burn the files and boot information to the CD. When you launch your burning software don't tell it to burn the file, look for an option to open up and image file or ISO file.

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#6
September 1, 2009 at 20:17:18
First of all, I legally purchased the ISO file along with activation code with my own credit card. I have knowingly done nothing wrong. Secondly, to the person who wants to know, my laptop is a Dell Latitude D610, although this has nothing to do with my original question. All I want to know is how do I test the CD that I copied the file to without it going into install mode. Can anyone please answer this simple question?

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#7
September 1, 2009 at 21:01:52
To my knowledge, there is no such thing as buying an ISO of WinXP sp3 legally.

Therefore we are concerned about what you did buy. When it comes to ripoffs who is to say what might work. No one accused you of anything illegal.

The seller, on the other hand may have committed a fraud against you and possibly piracy against Microsoft.


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#8
September 2, 2009 at 01:41:32
I agree with Othehill in the sense that you could have gotten the ISO image free of charge from M$ HERE. No activation code is ever required for service pack. The only requirement is that your windows product key is genuine when you first installed it.

If I were you. I will immediately:

1. Call my credit card company to (a) report fraud, (2)cancel the transaction, (3) inquiry about identity theft protection, (4) request that a new credit card number & expiration date be issued.

2. Report the seller to M$ software piracy HERE

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#9
September 2, 2009 at 04:36:26
XpUser

Did you pickup on the size on disk? 675MB is way more than just SP3. I don't know what the OP bought but there is an installation key included.

If this is some kind of OEM sale then the OP could clear it up by providing more details.


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#10
September 3, 2009 at 12:18:44
I have resolved the matter. Thanks to everyone for your valuable advice. I called the vendor,started asking questions and they refunded my money (I've already verified with my credit card company,the refund is there). In return, I was asked to destory the ISO file. I still don't know what was wrong with it, I copied it to CD and the Windows console appeared, asking me what I wanted to do, giving me five choices. The website was selling OEM versions of this OS for $69.99 for download,$79.99 for boxed version. They also had several other Windows and Mac operating systems for various prices. There was also a 800 number for customer service. I also asked my credit issuer for a new card, to play it safe. That all being said and done, all I wanted was a backup CD in case I needed it. I have a legal licensed copy of Windows on my laptop. How do I go about getting a CD with no key for a backup? Can I get one from Microsoft without paying retail? My key is legal. I looked at copying the i386 file, but all that was there was some reinstallation files and some of my own drivers (my wireless install). I don't know what to copy. Once again, thanks for all your help.

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#11
September 3, 2009 at 17:50:43
Now I suggest you turn that information over to Microsoft. They will be interested in it. You may be rewarded for your help.

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#12
September 3, 2009 at 18:32:19
I thought about that, but my main concern is, can I be fined or imprisoned? I have been burned on a ebay purchase already this year where I bought a OEM version and it turned out to be counterfeit. ebay refunded my money per their anti-counterfeit policy and asked me to send the copy to Microsoft, which I did, and all I got was a stern warning about buying cheap software,but they did thank me. You would think the least they could do was to give me a free copy since I provided them with all details of the transaction. And I turn around less than two months later doing the same. I don't want any red flags throughed at me. I'm permantly disabled due to a four level lumbar fusion and I'm in pain every day. I don't want to lose my Social Security disability check and end up in prison over a purchase I honestly made and due to all of your advice on this forum, I pushed it and got my money back. The copy has been destroyed and somehow or the other,I will learn how to backup. I already have one on a WD external drive. But I also need one on CD. On the last (deceased) laptop, I had a perfect backup, but all I had was a Linux Ubuntu disc. I installed it, plugged the WD drive in, and all it recognized was a 160GB media. It could not read the contents, so it was worthless. That's why I'm trying to get a cheap disc, I can enter my own Windows license and go,since my laptop configuration is the same. I guess if the situation arises, I can borrow my stepson's CD. I'll buy a new laptop with Windows 7 before I pay $250 to $300 for a "retail" version. This is a 2002 OS that I'm running. Thank you all for your great advice, and I've learned for good that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

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#13
September 3, 2009 at 18:50:53
If you don't want to turn the vendor in then don't. However, if they have a website and an 800 number I can understand how you would think they are legit. There is nothing Microsoft can do to you at this point. You are not running any boot leg software are you? If so then maybe you should stay under the radar.

There should be some legal copies of WinXP for sale. Many users have moved on to Vista or even 7. That

when dealing with OEM versions of WinXP you shouldn't need to enter an installation key. If the laptops have similar specs then the disk should work.

What is the last legal version of Windows you had? You may be eligible to get a $49 upgrade version of Windows 7.


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#14
September 3, 2009 at 20:08:55
I downloaded and installed the upgrade advisers for Vista and Windows 7 and both reports generated are identical. They said that I would need a upgrade graphics adapter for the "Aero interface". In a laptop this part is built into the motherboard, I contacted Dell and they offered me a REFURBISHED one for $430 + tax + shipping. They must be nuts! I didn't even pay that much for the laptop on ebay. For about another $100-$150,next month when it's released, I can have a brand new laptop (although a cheap one) with Windows 7 preinstalled. My laptop has 2GB of RAM and a 100GB hard drive and has only 7.4GB used of that. It runs like a racehorse with XP Pro SP3, using the Firefox 3.5.2 (latest version) browser. I'll use this laptop until it dies. I know Vista and Windows 7 "looks better" and can do more than mine, but I don't care. The only things I do on the net is browse, send and receive emails,shop and I am a member of several fourms. I don't care about the fancy stuff,don't use it for a TV, you get the picture. I'm not going to fix what isn't broke. When it does break, if Windows 7 is like Vista, I have four Linux distros waiting to be ran. I'm not afraid of change,but XP Pro has served my need for ever since my first laptop, and like I said it runs like a racehorse and I'll run it until the wheels fall off.

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#15
September 3, 2009 at 20:24:31
Well, if you can manage to keep WinXP going on your current laptop then go for it. I thought you had some issues with a key or something and that is why you were buying a copy.


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#16
September 3, 2009 at 21:46:21
No, I only wanted it for a backup. I have a legal key ( it was a reinstall by a Microsoft refurbisher). Right now, I don't need anything. The only thing I wanted it for was a safety net. If my system were to crash, I could start from scratch with a brand new, fresh install. That's all I wanted. But like I said before, I won't pay $250 to $300 for it. I have several Linux distros laying in my desk drawer. But I don't want to do that,either. I just need to learn what to backup and how to do it. I'm considering a program called Bart's PE Builder. I read that can make a bootable CD for a backup with it. But I still have to check it out. All this free stuff out there,you have to watch out what you're doing. I may not even worry myself anymore about it . Next month, Windows 7 will be on the market. For $550 to $600, I can buy it all new. That's why I'm not piling a lot of money in this laptop. But as long as this one will run, I will run it. I just hope that I have clarified the issue, I didn't need the CD or code. My system is perfectly legal. I just didn't expect all this mess just for wanting a safety net.

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#17
September 4, 2009 at 09:48:46
Just create an image of your partitions/drive and use that to restore back.

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#18
September 4, 2009 at 11:14:01
Thanks!

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