Solved xp reg code invalid and now can't finish install or abort

September 7, 2012 at 19:15:49
Specs: Windows xp pro, asus p55p7d
I tried to install my winxp pro that I have. It won't accept my reg code and ms wants me to pay them $99 to tell me how to abort the install. I have another windows I can use (vista) but I can't get out of this installation and can't get any further than the point where it asks you to provide the reg code. It makes me really mad as I paid for my windows and I had to replace my hard drive and now this happens. How can I get out of this install to reformat and install vista? thanks in advance

Cherrie

I tried to reboot to the vista install disk. It won't. It just keeps going into the xp installation and tells me to put in the xp disk. I guess I wasn't being clear. Sorry for that. If I could get it to that point I wouldn't have a problem. It just won't ignore the win xp installation.


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September 8, 2012 at 12:22:26
All you have to do is boot off the XP disc & make sure you "press any key to boot from CD...". If you don't press a key, you will drop right back into the botched Windows setup again. You can then delete the partition, create a new one, format & try again.

If you want XP rather than Vista, there is a generic product key on the disc that you can use for the install. Just explore the disc & look in the i386 folder. The key is contained in a file named UNATTEND.txt. This will allow you to install XP but it will NOT allow you to activate it online. But once it's installed, it's simple to change the key to a "legal" one.

How To Change the Windows XP Product Key



#1
September 7, 2012 at 20:00:55
Boot to you Windows Vista CD and delete all existing partitions and restart from scratch.

Stuart


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#2
September 7, 2012 at 20:36:48
If you have not done it yet, hold down the power button until it shuts off. Then reboot to the Vista install disk and as Stuart advises above in #1, delete the partitions, format and install from scratch.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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September 8, 2012 at 00:40:26
I tried to reboot to the vista install disk. It won't. It just keeps going into the xp installation and tells me to put in the xp disk. I guess I wasn't being clear. Sorry for that. If I could get it to that point I wouldn't have a problem. It just won't ignore the win xp installation.

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#4
September 8, 2012 at 00:48:33
Hi DigiKatt,

have you checked the boot device order in the bios?

Possibly has C: as first device, if so change to cd/dvd drive first.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#5
September 8, 2012 at 02:11:33
Yes, I purposely set it to boot to the cd.

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September 8, 2012 at 12:22:26
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All you have to do is boot off the XP disc & make sure you "press any key to boot from CD...". If you don't press a key, you will drop right back into the botched Windows setup again. You can then delete the partition, create a new one, format & try again.

If you want XP rather than Vista, there is a generic product key on the disc that you can use for the install. Just explore the disc & look in the i386 folder. The key is contained in a file named UNATTEND.txt. This will allow you to install XP but it will NOT allow you to activate it online. But once it's installed, it's simple to change the key to a "legal" one.

How To Change the Windows XP Product Key


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#7
September 8, 2012 at 18:57:27
The XP Setup will not allow the PC to boot from the CD as it is currently stuck at the step of requiring a product key to continue. It won't give the option to "press any key to boot from CD".

The product key in the Unattend.txt file is a sample key and is not accepted as a valid key by XP Setup to allow install.


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#8
September 8, 2012 at 19:21:38
It sounds like either you have not completely manually powered down, or you have not properly set AND SAVED the new boot order with the DVD drive first. YES, I said DVD since while XP comes on a CD, Vista (like Windows 7) I am pretty sure would not fit on a CD and comes on a DVD disk. If it is a DVD drive and you have fully powered down (out of the set up) and have configured the boot order, you just need to tap any normal letter key (repeatedly) from the time you press the power button until the Vista set up begins.
You can also download a Beta version of Windows 8 to a flash drive or DVD and boot to that if you like and either use that or just use it to delete the partitions and then start over with your Vista install. If you decide to use the Beta, understand that it will continue to work until probably 6 months or so after the retail version of Windows 8 comes out. You should however make sure that drivers are available for your system first though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
September 15, 2012 at 01:34:16
"...YES, I said DVD since while XP comes on a CD, Vista (like Windows 7) I am pretty sure would not fit on a CD and comes on a DVD disk."

That was totally unnecessary as I'm sure you were aware that "CD" was being used as a generic term.
As far as saving the boot order and powering down the PC. Yes, we did both. Several times. We also tried pressing any key repeatedly as you suggest above. That did not work. It would not allow booting to the disk. Maybe I should clarify that. It was actually booting to the disk drive. However because the installation was still in process it was repeatedly going back to the point where it left off and that was the point where it asked for the registration code which it would not accept as valid for the install. So quite simply, we had to go forward. We were going to remove the drive and reformat it on another PC, but after much searching we finally found an XP reg code that would allow us to finish the installation. Then because we were unable to get windows to then allow the installation of updates, in the end we updated it to win7.
I liked my win XP. I'm sure it was past time for me to give in and upgrade. I think after repeated use of my XP disk on updates and upgrades to my PC I must have worn the disk out. :)
Anyway, I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your advice and input. It was greatly appreciated. Your responses were prompt and helpful. I love the site and I'm sure, will use it in the future.
Digi

...riider, thanks for the link to changing the reg code.


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#10
September 15, 2012 at 06:08:35
I'm sure you were aware that "CD" was being used as a generic term.

It shouldn't be. CDs and DVDs are completely different and to use CD when you mean DVD causes confusion, especially to those that know the difference like the people you are trying to get answers from.

If you want to use a generic term, use optical disc.

Stuart


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