can Key be used twice if on same machine?

May 13, 2011 at 20:38:23
Specs: Windows XP, 1.25gig
My computer, an HP was not properly shut down due to a power outage and bad battery. Anyway, because of this the OS was corrupted and would not boot. I had to take to a specialist and he put windows xp professional performance edition on it, which is basically internet explorer, no drivers, no options, nothing. Is it possible to use the existing security key on the bottom of my computer and reinstall xp professional on this same machine it was on before?

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May 14, 2011 at 07:58:25
I have no idea what was installed on your HP. I never heard of what you describe. If there were no drivers present, your computer wouldn't work.

Did the computer come with WinXP originally? Do you have a restore disk set? Or is the restore partition still in place?

I suggest you perform a factory restore by using the restore partition or restore disks. This will wipe everything off the hard drive so you should first save any personal files to an external device like optical disk, external USB, flash or memory media.

Go to the link below to learn how to perform a factory restore.

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May 14, 2011 at 08:13:12
"XP Performance Edition" is an illegal/hacked version of XP. I sure hope you didn't pay "the specialist" for an illegal version of Windows? If you did, you got ripped off. At most, you needed to do a "repair installation" but the fix may have been even simpler, like pressing F8 at startup & selecting "last known good configuration". And since you apparently have the ability to resintall Windows on your own, why did you take it to him in the 1st place? I'm sure he didn't use your HP key to install the hacked XP. And I'm sure you lost all your files & programs, right?

Before doing anything, go to the HP site & download all the drivers for your system. Burn them to a disk or copy them to a USB flash drive. You'll need to install them after you reinstall XP. It would be best to completey wipe the drive of the hacked XP edition & start from scratch. Do you have a retail copy of XP or HP Recovery disks?

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May 14, 2011 at 11:30:16
I did the F8 thing at startup. It automatically went to the options. Anyway, my computer would not start up in any mode, safe or regular, or last known good configuration. It would always try to load windows xp professional, but would go to a black screen and stay black with a single cursor.

Anyway, I think he erased everything on my computer, and the disk he used was an UPDATE, however wouldnt it make sense that if there was no operating system to begin with, only installing updates would make the os very minimalistic? Anyway, I contacted him and he said to put a new OS on it and it would speed up my computer and everything would be fine.

I had to install the sound driver, the sd card driver and cc cleaner to uninstall unwanted programs.
my system says I am running on windows xp professional sp3. however it looks nothing like it did before... why? is there any way to get it back to the way it was before the system got corrupted?

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May 14, 2011 at 11:32:50
And no, I dont have a copy of hp recovery or reinsallation disks. I was planning on buying a new version of it. because of this no brand os my computer is running very slow. its not the hdd, or the ram because these things were recently upgraded. anyway. what should I do? buy a brand new verion of microsoft windows and install it, the full version? or an upgrade? and how do i install a full version? how do i wipe the system clean? i dont know much about computers except the mechanics of them.

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May 14, 2011 at 12:41:03
Did you look at the link I provided. You can't normally see the restore partition. It may still be there. If not then you may be able to buy restore disks from HP for $25/50. Contact them with the numbers off the computer.

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May 14, 2011 at 14:51:33
You can use the key you have. I have used it before to fix odd installs. It really isn't correct but if you do have a key then you should be entitled to a working install.

See magic jellybean and others.

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May 14, 2011 at 19:48:03
"the disk he used was an UPDATE"

No it is NOT an update. He may have told you that, but he's full of sh!t. XP Pro Performance Edition is an illegal copy of Windows. All you needed to do was do a google search to find that out. Like I said, I hope you didn't pay this moron because he caused you to lose all your files & programs (unless you have them backed up?), plus he installed an illegal version of XP.

To show you that I'm not talking out my azz, have a look at where to the XP Performance Edition is found - PirateBay, Kickasstorrents, BitJunkie, etc. It's not an official Microsoft product & can not be legally sold. Sorry, but you got ripped off.

Search results for XP Pro Performance Edition

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