how do you get xp to load so you can reactivate it?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by ~Aart, May 17, 2004.

  1. ~Aart

    ~Aart Guest


    I just finished building a system for a friend whose mobo went south. It's
    all his old stuff, along with 3 new things: Gigabyte mobo replacing ASSA
    mobo, AMD 2.4 XP replacing AMD 1.2, and DDR 336 memory replacing PC 133.
    The problem is I get to a screen that says boot to: and it lists options of
    last known good, safe, normal, etc.
    But, no matter which one I pick, it starts to load and then reboots the
    I heard that you call Microsoft to reactivate if you do a mobo swap, but
    what good will that do, if all it does is reboot?


    ~Aart, May 17, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    You need to run the setup from the cd and repair the installation of XP.
    Change the mobo and 95% of the time you gotta do this ...
    Alex, May 17, 2004
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    spodosaurus Guest

    Boot from the XP cd. Choose the options as though you were going to
    install the operating system (do NOT select repair console). When it
    detects the previous installation of XP, it'll ask you if you want to
    reinstall or repair it or seomthing very similarly worded. Do that. If
    on the first boot after that it asks you to reregister, you can do that
    by phone (it's all automated, even works fine here in Australia).


    spodosaurus, May 17, 2004
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    ~Aart Guest

    HI Ari,
    I'm not getting that option. It only has 3 options for me,
    install to a new folder, install over the existing one, or exit.
    I borrowed a neighbors XP Home disk to see if it offers the
    repair option you mentioned but it doesn't either. Just the 3
    I listed.
    maybe things are different in Australia.

    ~Aart, May 18, 2004
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