Solved BIOS flash broke Win XP license :-\

Dell / Dell system inspiron 7720
January 4, 2014 at 11:11:43
Specs: Windows 8, 2.401 GHz Intel i7-3630QM/ 8052 MB DDR3 1600Mhz
(Ignore specs above)
CPU: Sempron 3000+ ~1.8Ghz (soon to be ~2.2 I hope)
RAM: 1024 Mb DDR400
OS (was): Windows XP SP2
Mobo: ASUS K8V-MX/S (aka Fujitsu-Siemens D1711)

Flashed my BIOS with a new ROM from Fujitsu in lieu of flashing with a modded so I could OC, and then Windows XP asked for activation even thought it's been activated for 6 years. Can't get past this, because apparently a HDD error some time back (I'm replacing it if I can get it OC'ed) corrupted some Windows files, because at the activation screen all I get are image not loaded messages, and no buttons.

Might just need to reinstall it? this was a 2nd hand computer so I don't like have any reinstall disks for XP.

~oldie
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January 7, 2014 at 01:14:03
01. click Start / Run and type in regedit then click OK
02. navigate to the following registry key:
       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
03. on the right pane, doubleclick at <b>oobetimer</b> and change the last 2 numbers to 00, if it's not already the same. If it's already set to 00, you have to choose something different, let's say 11.
04. close regedit
05. click Start / Run and type in
      %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
06. click OK.
07. now you'll get the Activation Screen. Here choose "Activate Windows by phone" or something like that.
08. in the new screen, coming up, click "change Product key" and put in the product key you have.

When everything is done, reboot your computer.


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#1
January 4, 2014 at 11:35:58
Obviously something lacking in my experience - what does this mean:
flashing with a modded so I could OC

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
January 4, 2014 at 11:55:08
@Derek: The OP flashed a modded BIOS so it was possible for them to overclock their computer.

You've been helped by a 16 year old.


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#3
January 4, 2014 at 12:07:11
Thanks RTM2, my bad - I'm no overclocker and I guess modded means modified.

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#4
January 4, 2014 at 12:09:38
Yes; you guys got it right.

What I don't understand is how flashing the BIOS broke the licence.

~oldie
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chay' ta' SoH tlhe' vam Doch Daq


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#5
January 4, 2014 at 12:26:08
What could have happened is the new BIOS flash is so radically different than the one in place when Windows was installed means that Windows is now seeing it as a completely different computer.


What you can do is first extract the Installation code using for the installation now using Magic Jelly Beans. Do this first before you do anything else.

Get yourself and Windows XP installation disk of the the same type that is installed now, that is Home or Professional and Retail or OEM, and reinstall Winnows XP

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/

Stuart

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#6
January 4, 2014 at 12:30:29
Possibly; the old BIOS was made for the OEM company that made the system, and the new BIOS I flashed is the one originally made for the mobo by Fujitsu-Siemens.'

Will poke around EBAY to get a disk.

EDIT: A friend says he has an XP Pro SP2 disk that I can use, so I'm probably just going to back the drive up to my laptop and reinstall the works.
~oldie
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#7
January 5, 2014 at 01:46:47
A while back I was replacing a motherboard out of an emachine. I got a compaq motherboard off ebay that was exactly the same model, OEM from Asus I think. Only difference was the bios--one branded for emachine and the other for compaq. The XP installation on the hard drive wouldn't accept the compaq bios.

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#8
January 5, 2014 at 07:26:03
You don't need to buy an XP disk. I'm surprised you don't have a copy? And don't waste your time with SP2, go directly for SP3. Get the ISO at the following site, burn it to a CD using ImgBurn or similar software, boot off it, use your own product key & do a repair installation:

http://deny120025.wordpress.com/201...

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_...


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#9
January 5, 2014 at 08:15:50
I believe the #5 above has the reason for your issue. OEM computers have what is called an SLP license. That type is limited to the original platform it came with. The motherboard is usually the hardware that breaks the link.

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#10
January 5, 2014 at 11:55:16
And don't waste your time with SP2, go directly for SP3.

Be aware that is all you have is SP1 or earlier, you will need to install SP!a or SP2 before you install SP3.

The reason for this is that SP1a and SP2 removed MS Java Virtual Machine due to licensing infringements. SP3 will not install while this is still present.

Stuart


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#11
January 6, 2014 at 05:38:53
"Be aware that is all you have is SP1 or earlier, you will need to install SP!a or SP2 before you install SP3"

To clarify - I posted a link to Windows ISOs. I was suggesting that he download the XP SP3 ISO rather than downloading the XP SP2 ISO & then having to update to SP3.



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#12
January 6, 2014 at 13:28:47
I think you will find those XP links are for SP only, not the full installation.

The links go direct the Microsoft and Microsoft never me XP avaialble for down load.

You can tell it is no the full installation because the links do not differentiate between Hone and Professional whereas those for Windows 7 do.

Stuart


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#13
January 6, 2014 at 17:36:44
"I think you will find those XP links are for SP only, not the full installation"

It's the full installation CD (544MB) for WinXP with SP3, directly from Microsoft.com.


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January 7, 2014 at 01:14:03
✔ Best Answer
01. click Start / Run and type in regedit then click OK
02. navigate to the following registry key:
       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
03. on the right pane, doubleclick at <b>oobetimer</b> and change the last 2 numbers to 00, if it's not already the same. If it's already set to 00, you have to choose something different, let's say 11.
04. close regedit
05. click Start / Run and type in
      %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
06. click OK.
07. now you'll get the Activation Screen. Here choose "Activate Windows by phone" or something like that.
08. in the new screen, coming up, click "change Product key" and put in the product key you have.

When everything is done, reboot your computer.


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#15
January 10, 2014 at 15:13:48
OK, so What I did:
I had it set up for network sharing in the past, and so had access to my HDD from the start menu before the activation screen. I just hooked up via my laptop and transferred the semi-important stuff off, then used the XP disk my friend gave me to Q-format the drive and did a clean install. Never did I realize that most of the stuff on the HDD was crap leftover from the previous owner! LOL!

At any rate, I have it working, and am awaiting a response from the BIOS forums on a modded BIOS.

~oldie
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