Solved will unlicensed copy of XP Pro disable usb drive?

February 26, 2012 at 13:21:45
Specs: Windows Vista
My daughters computer has an unlicensed copy of XP Pro. Because that is the least of her problems, I want to image the drive, wipe it and install a legit OS on her system. Then she can restore any of the docs, pics or files from the old drive image as she needs...I cannot seem to get a usb drive to work on the system and when I bring the drive back to mine it doesn't work. Can the unlicensed copy of XP disable an external drive? This happened with 2 different drives. Any help, please?

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#1
February 26, 2012 at 13:43:00
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"Can the unlicensed copy of XP disable an external drive?"

NO, unless you can't get into Windows.

Problems with USB drives are COMMON.
Usualy the problem is either
- you need to plug it into a different USB port in order for it to be detected properly,
- or - it is being detected but it doesn't show up in My Computer because you have damaged data on the drive by unplugging it while Windows was running without using Safely Remove Hardware to STOP accessing the drive.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, external memory card readers.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

External optical drives also require 500ma from the USB port you plug it into.
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#2
February 26, 2012 at 13:53:05
"I want to image the drive, wipe it and install a legit OS on her system"

You do NOT have to go thru all that. All you need to do is change the product key to a "legit" key.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/produ...


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#3
February 27, 2012 at 09:48:49
OK, there seems to be some trouble shooting ahead! Thanks for your answer, and if anything turns up I'll repost.

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#4
February 27, 2012 at 09:51:24
I haven't bought the replacement OS yet. I may upgrade to Win7, if not, I'll try your suggestion. Thanks for your help, I'll repost when I get things figured out...

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#5
February 27, 2012 at 14:27:44
"My daughters computer has an unlicensed copy of XP Pro"
how old is it and, how much ram does it have?
"install a legit OS on her system"

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06695
larry


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#6
February 27, 2012 at 17:54:25
You can't go legit from pro to home.

The usb is a motherboard chipset that you may need to get a driver for.The current install if still working will tell you what drivers and hardware is installed.


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#7
February 27, 2012 at 21:13:38
Solved! A stubborn virus, Chipset driver install and the new OS resolved the problem. I should of double checked for a virus. Isn't that the first thing to check when a system acts flakey? I'm so embarrassed!! Thanks for all your suggestions

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#8
February 28, 2012 at 08:29:57
We're glad to hear you solved your problems.

However, the things you mentioned in response 7 probably have nothing to do with whether a USB drive was detected properly in the previous Windows installation.


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#9
February 28, 2012 at 09:56:35
Yes, you are correct.

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