Cannot get XP running after system restore

Hewlett-packard / Compaq presario cq60 note...
October 24, 2010 at 12:13:36
Specs: Windows XP, 3.33 mhz/2 gb
We have an eMachines T3085 desktop that has been a great computer since we bought it in 2004. Recently, the hard drive went bad and I bought a new one and used the system recovery discs to restore the system. The problem now is that I'm running into continual errors. The first one was that Windows says I now have to validate the Windows version running (it is XP SP1 and is a legitimate legal copy). I can't get on the Internet to get XP updated to the latest version. There is no wireless network showing up. I tried to run the ISP software, but it won't install on SP1 (only SP2 and greater). I tried downloading IE8 on my laptop and moving it over to the desktop, but it won't install because of some missing file. I tried creating a CD with XP SP3 (which is supposed to contain all updates) but I can't get the CD to boot and update. Everything I do seems like a continual catch 22. I'm wondering if I should try to find solutions to each and every issue that comes up, or if there's a better way to do this, or whether I should just suck it up and go buy a new computer with Windows 7. I don't really want to spend the extra money right now.

Thanks for any advice.


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#1
October 24, 2010 at 12:38:34
You have to install all the drivers....chipset, video, sound, network, wireless, etc. And I highly doubt the wireless came pre-installed by eMachines, so hopefully you have a drivers disk laying around somewhere.

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr...

http://www.emachines.com/support/dr...


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#2
October 24, 2010 at 12:43:43
The first one was that Windows says I now have to validate the Windows version running (it is XP SP1 and is a legitimate legal copy).

Use the phone method for M$ and talk to a representative and give them the number on your Case to activate windows

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#3
October 24, 2010 at 12:56:45
"...I tried creating a CD with XP SP3 (which is supposed to contain all updates) but I can't get the CD to boot and update...."
Even though you may have added the proper files, you probably failed to make it a bootable CD-- important detail.

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#4
October 25, 2010 at 08:24:42
So I'm closing out this thread by posting my resolution. I was unable to create a bootable CD. However, I copied the Windows XP SP3 image file from the MS website to the computer (while in Safe Mode). I then used Undisker to extract all of the SP3 files from the image (ISO) file. I clicked on "Autorun" from these files and SP3 installed thereafter. The system is now up and running in normal mode.

Thanks for the suggestions!


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#5
October 25, 2010 at 10:13:35
"I can't get on the Internet to get XP updated to the latest version. There is no wireless network showing up."

Now I'm really confused...on how you downloaded the image...I guess I'm really missing something here!

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#6
October 25, 2010 at 14:41:14
I have a laptop I was using to download stuff for the desktop computer. I realized later that someone would probably ask how I was downloading stuff when I couldn't get on the Internet!

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