uninstall windows xp from dos

November 7, 2011 at 01:29:47
Specs: Windows XP Pro
okay, I got my pc back from a repair shop and he told me my copy of xp was illegal, which i didn't know because it came installed on the secondhand pc.

before i can use it, i have to validate it with a legal copy.

i have a legal copy of windows 7, but when i start my pc up with the windows 7 installation disk in it, it just jumps straight to the windows xp screen telling me i can't do anything more until i validate my illegal copy.

can you uninstall xp from dos?


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#1
November 7, 2011 at 01:48:36
It's happening because your computer is set to boot from the main harddrive before the CD drive, all you need to do is either look for a 'press key ... for boot order' message and press that to select the CD drive, or press the key to access the BIOS/Setup at boot and then change the boot order in there.

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#2
November 7, 2011 at 06:35:03
can you uninstall xp from dos?

AS there is no DOS in Windows XP, no you cannot.

If you are referring to the Windows Command Prompt, then the answer is still the same, no you cannot. You cannot un- install Windows while it is still running as it is when the command prompt is displayed.

You need to boot from a separate source as described above.

Stuart


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#3
November 7, 2011 at 09:39:11
can you uninstall xp from dos?
No, CMD instead of DOS(I would not say that there is no DOS, i mean in CMD press ALT+Enter and you will have the same black&white window that works through commands only, similar to DOS).
all you need to do is either look for a 'press key ... for boot order'
You need to boot from a separate source as described above.
Use Bios Setup.

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#4
November 7, 2011 at 11:14:29
I would not say that there is no DOS, i mean in CMD press ALT+Enter and you will have the same black&white window that works through commands only, similar to DO

DOS is an Operating System. 16 bit single tasking. The Operating System the came with the first PC in 1984.

Windows is an Operating System 32/63 bit multi-user

Because it looks like DOS to the uninitiated, does not make it DOS. There is more to DOS than a command prompt.

Stuart


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#5
November 7, 2011 at 14:20:14
I reordered the drive boot the Windows 7 CD first but the drive does that thing where it spins fast then stops then spins and stops again.

Then Windows XP loads up...

Drive problem?


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#6
November 7, 2011 at 14:54:05
Think so.

Try to borrow a usb cd drive maybe to test if dvd or cd drive is bad. Be sure your drive is a DVD drive.

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