xp pro cd for hp

Hewlett-packard Compaq dc7700 desktop -...
October 26, 2012 at 11:24:30
Specs: Windows XP PRO, 3.4/ 1 gig
I need an XP PRO installation cd for HP. I tried my DELL> It installed but would not activate, "NON GENUINE" the auto phone system said. My DELL cd used in a DELL does not ask for a key and is active when finished. I presume the HP cd would do the same. I cannot find one. Would you be willing to run a copy for me? Or sell me one?

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October 26, 2012 at 11:48:02
Are you the original owner of the computer? If so, did you ever create a restore set of disks? If not, you may still be able to do that if the original hard drive is still installed and you didn't mess with the partitions.

Otherwise, contact HP for help with that. Not all HP disks will work either. The disk must closely match the series of HP in order for it to work.

I also suggest you edit out your email address unless you like spam.

See the link below to learn how to restore to factory condition.


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October 30, 2012 at 07:36:20
Very simple.
Go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...
Download and run the program. Once run it will activate automatically.

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October 31, 2012 at 14:29:03
Does it matter that I am using a DELL cd xp pro sp2, (change it to sp3 later). After I load it and get the "30 DAYS TO ACTIVATE" is that when I run this program? Will MS tell me the OS is NON GENUINE? No I am not the original owner. The towers in question were donated to the HABITAT FOR HUMANITY store I volunteer at. The 5 towers are DC7600 and DC7700. They came from a business, with a fresh install of XP. I do not know how it was done. They were all system password protected at the log on screen. Of course we were not given the passwords. I had no choice but to reload the OS. I found that the on board nic did not work. I added my last nic cards. Then just for giggles I reloaded the the OS, and was able to activate using the HP coa which WAS XP PRO. It worked online. All 5 times using each of the 5 COAs. I will deal with MS if I need to. Please elaborate on this third party software. Obviously I do not need it now but it would be nice to know how it works if I do this again.

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October 31, 2012 at 14:51:22
This download pertains to WIN7. Also the ACTIVATE WINDOWS.CHANGE PRODUCT KEY does NOT appear where it was said to appear. I am using XP PRO. That might explain the difference. In any event after I added a nic card, it was needed as the on board nic did not work, I was able to load XP with my dell cd, activate using the hp coa's. Worked as it should. Live and learn.

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October 31, 2012 at 16:24:04
If you work at a charitable organization I assume you don't want to buy anything.

Most name brand computers come with a version of Windows pre-installed. Buyers do NOT follow instructions to create the backup disks to restore the computer to factory specs when needed. There usually is a restore partition on the hard drive that can be used to restore the computer to factory condition.

The method used to access that partition varies by brand and sometimes by model within the same brand.

Dell sometimes supplies disks with their computers that are basically Dell branded full versions of Windows. That appears to be what you have used.

You need to try to access the restore partition on the internal hard drive. Click on the link and follow the instructions.


Below is a second link to the HP site for your model Compaq. You can download a manual by clicking on the support and drivers listing.


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October 31, 2012 at 18:49:11
This EHOW article pertains to COMPAQ PRESARIO 6000. The towers in question are an HP DC7600. Different animal. Is the RESTORE process similar if not the same across all HP/COMPAQ lines/models? I printed the article for reference. After I wrote my original post, I was able to reload the OS using my DELL CD, using the HP COA to activate. Needed to add a nic card as the on board nic would not work.

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October 31, 2012 at 23:25:40
That is why I linked to the manual. Compaq is a division of HP, in case you didn't know that.

Concerning the network adapter you may need to either install the appropriate drivers, which is the most likely cause due to installing with a different CD. Or you MAY need to enable the NIC in the BIOS screens.

I notice that you did not remove your email address. I can do that for you if you like. Posting it in the open can result in a trawler finding it and sending you spam. This has nothing to do with this site but a fact of life on the internet.

The link provided above will take you to the download area for your computer where you can download ALL the correct drivers. Check in Device Manager to see what else may need drivers.

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November 1, 2012 at 07:57:47
Thanks for the advice. I DO have a resource cd for HP/COMPAQ but I can't figure out how to install drivers from it. It does don seem to contain a WIZARD for whatever choice was made. So for now I will stay with the card. I can also use a usb powered version. There are 6 ports so I can certainly use one. You did not say whether the process for the PRESARIO is the same for the DC series. I would like to know that please. I know there are many differences in processes for various models even under the same brand, Drives users like me nuts.

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November 1, 2012 at 09:50:35
Watch the screens at start up. They will tell you what keystrokes to use.

Just go to the link I provided above for your Compaq models and download and transfer the network adapter drivers to portable media like a flash drive to install on the computer that needs it. Then go to the same site using the computer that needs the drivers and download them directly to that computer.

If you have multiple computers of the same model then it might behoove you to burn the drivers to CDR.

I think most Compaqs use F11 to get to the restore screen. You are making it more complicated than necessary. If F11 is wrong then nothing will happen. Then try F10, F1, F2. As I stated, the screens at start up should guide you.

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