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[SOLVED] Fresh install of XP, won't accept product key.

Q: [SOLVED] Fresh install of XP, won't accept product key.

Hi, I just got a ton of new parts in my pc (everything is new except the PSU, the HDD, and the video card). I upgraded to a 64-bit system, and bought a Windows XP x64 retail from my local Staples. Everything installed fine, until I got to the part where you define your locale, keyboard type, enter product key, etc. The part after setup has copied all of the files to the disk, its just finishing the installation. So when it asked for the product key I entered the one from the booklet that came in the box. It said: "The Product Id you entered is not valid.". So I typed it again, carefully checking each box to make sure I didn't enter it incorrectly. Then I pressed Next, and still the same error message. So I checked online and I saw a forum post on another website where someone had about the same problem, that said that the solution is to start the xp install disk again, go to the recovery console and execute the dskpart command. I did so, then proceeded to try reinstalling again, got to the same point and still the product key didn't work. I read somewhere that the product key and the product ID are two different things (from my understanding, one is the numbers that you use to prove you have genuine copy of windows and the other is the installations ID, that really has nothing to do with installing). The window specifically tells me to enter my product key, but the error says the product ID I entered is invalid. I can't afford to buy another key (I heard that Microsoft will sell another key less than the installation), much less another copy of windows. So whats the problem? I talked to staples, and they told me that I should talk to microsoft, and I honestly don't want to spend 1 hour on the phone only to here that I have to buy a key that I can't afford. Thanks in advance.

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A: [SOLVED] Fresh install of XP, won't accept product key.

It is easy to mistake a 6 for a G . . a 8 for a B . . I would go back and double check that the letters/numbers are being typed acurately.

Unless someone mess with the package, it would be almost impossible for the key not to match the install type.

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I have just finished my PC build with the PSU coming in the post today and windows 7 coming shortly after. I have a Revodrive 3 ssd 120gb which needed drivers installed first to work. Wasn't a problem I just inserted a memory stick with them on.

I get through expanding files etc fine just when I get to the product key part it says key not valid.
Two things I think are causing the problem, it is a upgrade package for 3 PC's, I am not doing a upgrade as it is a bran new PC with no OS. Also it says for US distribution only but I am in the UK.

This is what I bought

I have contacted the seller and I am waiting for a response.

If I can not use this windows 7 do I have to wipe the ssd to install a different windows 7 product key? If it is a windows 7 home premium key?
How do I wipe it?

A:Solved: Fresh install with windows 7 upgrade - product key not valid.

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Hi everybody, I will soon replace my HDD with an SSD and make a fresh install of windows.

Here's my problem: I bought Windows 8 and received a Windows 8 product key but am now running Win8.1. Microsoft clearly states that a windows 8 product key CAN NOT be used with Win8.1.

Here are the options I see:
1. I download the Win8 ISO and place it on a USB drive and use my Win8 product key and update to Win8.1 after installation.

2. I make a bootable USB drive in Win8.1 and use a Product Key finder program to scan the registry for the Win8.1 product key.

What is the best/safest method? What would you guys do?

This is the first time I replace a HDD but I've found loads of information online so it shouldn't be a problem. I'm mostly confused about the OS reinstall. I know I can clone my HDD but I've had a few errors and random crashes and would rather do a fresh install than porting those errors over to the SSD.

Thanks in advance,


A:Fresh install and product key confusion

Microsoft clearly states that a windows 8 product key CAN NOT be used with Windows 8.1.

Yes it can.

Install from 8.1 dvd/usb using the generic install key:




Then activate with your 8.0 key.

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It is not letting me reload my product key on my laptop after a fresh install. After calling in it did not allow.

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Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-FQ6PD-3TQBG-7R949
Windows Product Key Hash: jyfund5yN/HaMPmq9zHftYnbWOo=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-9402076-70091
Windows Product ID Type: 8
Windows License Type: COA SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {32F3619F-13BF-4599-851B-8E4091CFDEDD}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.151230-0600
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-2... Read more

A:Activated on 10 , tried fresh install , product key blocked?

Hi Dean,
As you've downgraded from 10, unless it came with downgrade rights your never gonna be able to activate and legitimately use W7.

The original package, (W8?) where did you get it?, they MIGHT replace it with a set of W7 discs AND a different product key.


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Hi there, I've just bought a SSD and had planned to do a fresh install of windows on it rather than transferring straight from my current hard drive. The problem is that I can no longer find my windows 7 product key. I orginally got the key through MSDNAA while at university but as I have now graduated I can no longer log into their website and retrieve my key. I did have a written copy of the key but I've lost it, although I did find the installation disc.

I've tried using several pieces of software to retrieve the key but the most I've been able to get is the last 5 digits (this seems to a common issue with MSDN keys?).

I'm not terribly familiar with these things but given I currently have an activated windows installation on my old hard drive, is there any work around that will allow to do a clean install on my new SSD?

A:Windows 7 fresh install - lost MSDN product key

Welcome to the forum,

I know what you mean, I have a 7 Pro install on my laptop from an MSDNAA and the key finders don't work.

Without that key, I don't see you doing a clean install. I have mine written down in a few places just in case.

We do have an excellent tutorial for transferring your OS to a SSD,

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I need to do a fresh Windows 7 install. I have deactivated the original Lenovo Windows 7 installation and have extracted the Windows 7 Product Key. When I go to MS to download the Windows 7 installation file (ISO), it flags my W7 product key as blocked my OEM. I called MS and they said I need to first have Lenovo unblock my W7 product key, so I can then proceed with the installation.  How do I achieve this? Thanks in advanceBB  

A:X260: How to Unblock W7 Product Key for Fresh Windows 7 Install?

This is the page I tried downloading Windows 7 from and that flagged my product code, extracted from my running Lenovo X260 with W7: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7  

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system crashed got it back with Dell support can not upgrade to w8.1

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HP DX2450 Microtower. This system comes with HP branded Windows XP install disk and a restore disk(among others). I wanted to perform a repair install on XP. Inserted the HP restore disk, system reported it sees a valid restore disk and ask for the Windows install disk. I put in the HP Windows XP disk, when it got to "install Windows" , I chose "repair an existing XP installation". When it finished installing, it ask for the product ID. I looked on the CD, in the i386 folder/unattend.txt, bottom line is the product ID. When I put in this key, it tells me it's not a valid key. Now I'm stuck. How can this not be a valid ID when it's on the same disk used to install Windows, and what can I do now?

A:Win XP will not accept product key

Often the product key is on a stick attached to the computer.

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Hi, got a message yesterday on my windows 8.1 laptop saying my windows is expiring in a couple of weeks and I need to put in a product key to renew it. So I found my product key and put i tin and it won't work? It says it can't be accepted and to use another one?

It was originally a windows 8 but I did the update to make it an 8.1.

Anyone able to help?


A:Windows 8.1 expiring but won't accept product key?

Hello Curcelli, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if you may be able to activate by phone instead.

Hope this helps,

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I'm installing a new Virtual-PC using my local CD ROM to run my Microsoft Windows XP Pro install disk.  The Install disk get to the very end and asks for the Product Key.  It claims the key is invalid.  Has anyone else had this issue?

Best Regards

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Getting blue screen with boot up errors when I switch on my PC File:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD Error Code; 0xc0000034. I am trying to get support online from HP but I get no further that the screen to input the serial and\or product keys. It just comes back with an error saying that product does not exist even though I am typing them directly from a photograph I took of the black bar coded label on my PC which shows the Serial No,  Product No and model (HP Pav 23-q105na). My PC is only in warranty for another 25 days and I need to talk to someone from HP. Help

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Hey, I'm installing windows XP onto a 500 g SATA hard disk that I just installed into a Dell Dimension 9100.

I have an .iso file that I need to place onto a DVD to serve as the OS boot disc. My DVD-R is in my Mac. So i need to burn this .iso file on the mac but have it boot the PC..

What is the proper file extension for the dvd file? is there anything I need to do that I'm missing?

A:Fresh Windows XP Install on a Fresh Hard Drive using a Burned DVD OS install - PLZ HL


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Thank you in advance for any help, here is the situation, so bear with me. I have two computers, one I use for gaming, the other for school. Both computers had 60gb Maxtor (school with lots of room, gaming with about 10 gb free). My school HD took a powder (the evil clicky noise of doom), but I was able to back up my files prior to that. Me being a quick thinker, I decide to upgrade my gamer puter to a 120gb (don't wanna go too nutso, as I am considering building a much superior computer), and put the good 60 gb in my old Athlon 700. Problem? I cannot get Windows XP Home to complete install on my gamer computer. (Athlon 700 installed just fine with 'good' 60gb).
Gamer Computer: Athlon 1800+, 512MB DDR Ram 2100, KR7A Raid MOBO, GeForce3 Ti 200 (128MB DDR RAM), SB Audigy 2(AGP).

It is a RAID mobo, but i do not use the raid functionality, I did not have a problem before(I have my HD and my 2 roms on ide now). I go through the install steps, and I get to the very very end, where it states you are about to start Windows XP, and then it hangs, and thats it.

I have tried to ensure there are no conflicts, I pulled out my sound card as well as my network card, and 're-seated' my video card and RAM. I have tried looking at using a winxp bootup floppy, booted into safe mode (the only error it detects is the missing RAID, no conflicts detected there). Heck, I even swapped out mouse and keyboard. I tried putting back the good 60gb back in the pc, and reformattin... Read more

A:Solved: Fresh Install WinXP Home, locking up at end of install

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I have both windows sp2 and 3 and I can't install them on a pc with new hard disk. I format it and the setup successfully copies all the files. After the reboot windows loading, and then I see a light blue color screen and a mouse pointer which I can move. If I restart it, I get message " Setup is restarting" and it goes back to the same light blue screen. Not sure what's the problem since tried 2 different installs.

Thanks, Darius

A:[SOLVED] Can't install win Xp PRO sp2 or sp3[FRESH HD]

Sata drive? Did you load the sata bus controller driver during install?
Restarting means install crashed and this is usually a result of two things; wrong drivers or failing hardware with memory being the first to check.

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i just reinstalled xp on my pc and can not get the internet to work, any solutions

A:[SOLVED] xp fresh install

let's start with these questions first:

1. have you install motherboard drivers?
2. how does your pc connect to the modem? wireless, ethernet cable or usb cable? if usb cable you need to load driver for your modem.

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Howdy ... I am doing a upgrade/rebuild. I am taking parts from my old computer to rebuild a new one. I got it put together and am using the 1TB WD SATA HHD from the old machine. I used partition wizard and other partition formatting tools, to wipe, format and delete the partition with the old OS. I even had the mini tool partition to hide the partitions that stores the files I needs. Still XP Pro 64 bit will not install. I have the full install disk. It loads up the files, but instead of going through the regular set up it loads windows ... then ...

This is the message I get after the files are loaded ....

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time this has happen ... so on ...
Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check the hard drive .... so on ... then it gives some tech info : ***STOP: then a bunch of numbers mostly zeros. Click to expand...

I just can't believe I can do a fresh install on this drive. I just can't believe I am having this problem ... this should be a formatting and install job. Why on earth does it think windows is still there and how the heck to I get rid of it?

A:Solved: Can't Do A Fresh XP Pro 64 Install On Used HHD

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I've just tried to do a fresh installation of Win Xp and when I get to the part where I say okay to install on Drive C instead of getting an option to format the drive it tells me that to install XP on a drive that already has an operating system on it is a bad idea. I tried to delete the drive and it tells me it can't do it. What can I do to format the drive?

Thank you.

A:Solved: Fresh Win Xp Install

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A:Solved: Fresh install win 2k Pro/ hjt log

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Hi, Ok i apologize if i post this in the wrong section as im not sure it exactly relates to.
Here goes my parents computer has died well ive been able to determine that its the mb. on their computer it has xp installed. i have a spare computer that ive been building that i want to give to them but they dont want to lose anything they have to the hdd. the computer i was thinking of giving them had win 7 on it. if i take their hdd and put it in my pc, is it possible to do a fresh reinstall of the xp while keeping intact all their files etc. the win 7 i have is retail so i can keep it for another pc. hopes this makes sense.

A:[SOLVED] Fresh re-install ??

No, if you downgrade to XP from 7 you have to do a format (erase) the HDD to install XP. Take the HDD out of the 'rents computer and put it on a USB Adapter and attach it to another computer. Here you can copy any of the data they want saved (My Documents, Favorites and Desktop under their user name in Documents and Settings) to the working computer Then you can put it back in the computer you are building for them and install Windows XP then copy their data back to the fresh XP install when it's done.

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I would like to perform a fresh install of Win XP SP2, but I am having a few issues (I have already backed up my data). I have the cd as the 1st boot sequence in BIOS. I insert the XP disc into the drive and click on installation to begin process. After setup ends, it must reboot. Here lies my problem. After the reboot, the system gives me the option to select XP professional or system recovery when booting up. This is after it reads the disk. So the cd never picks back up to continue the install. I need continue the install process before I get to the selection process. This is what is holding me up.

1. Is there anything I need to do before I perform the fresh install besides data backup? Delete Partition? Reformat?

2. How can I force the PC to read the cd rom immediately after reboot in order to continue with installation?

I can't login as an administrator as I have no idea what the password is, if that is absolutely necessary.

Thanks for any ideas.

A:[SOLVED] XP Pro SP2 fresh install


Originally Posted by Oktoberfest

I would like to perform a fresh install of Win XP SP2, but I am having a few issues (I have already backed up my data). I have the cd as the 1st boot sequence in BIOS. I insert the XP disc into the drive and click on installation to begin process. After setup ends, it must reboot. Here lies my problem. After the reboot, the system gives me the option to select XP professional or system recovery when booting up. This is after it reads the disk. So the cd never picks back up to continue the install. I need continue the install process before I get to the selection process. This is what is holding me up.

1. Is there anything I need to do before I perform the fresh install besides data backup? Delete Partition? Reformat?

2. How can I force the PC to read the cd rom immediately after reboot in order to continue with installation?

I can't login as an administrator as I have no idea what the password is, if that is absolutely necessary.

Thanks for any ideas.

From your post it sounds like you're trying to run the disc from Windows. That's not how it's done.

Keep the disc in and reboot the pc, you'll get a message on the screen that says "press any key to begin setup..." so press any key on the keyboard. THEN the installation will begin.

use this link http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_pro.htm

go down the page a bit and it has instru... Read more

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Pc wouldnt boot so i tried a freash re-install of xp, it gets so far then says a file cant copy so i tried again in the other cd drive but same fault. I then repeated using a different xp disc but still got same fault.

I now tried using a different hard drive but still getting a file cant copy although its a different file to before.

Can anyone help please?


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If I do a fresh non quick of Xp will it fully format both my hard drives? Please let me know.


A:Solved: Fresh Install of Xp

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Hi hopeing someone here can help out.
built a new PC and installed Win 8.1 and updated it all.
had the BSOD clock watchdog time out since system 1st built
here is speccy link
minidump file zip
could only get access to 1/2 of the files ?
also attached is output of last 10 errors from mini tool box.
I am going to run 10 Pass memory test overnight to see if there are any errors with the memory.
Did speak to guy where i bought the components and his idea was to do full wipe and reinstall of windows.
I do try and leave this to last ditch attempt.
Thanks for all and any help or advice.

A:Clock watchdog timeout win 8.1 fresh build pc and fresh windows install

A wee update.
ran mem test over night. did 10 passes and no errors with the memory.

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We used to have Realtek Media before the fresh XP install, and now music and sounds cannot be heard out of the speakers. They are connected. How can we possibly re-install this option?

Thanks in advance

A:[SOLVED] need help with PC sound after a fresh XP install

Hiya and welcome back. I see the reinstall was successful?
You probably need your motherboard drivers installed. Whats the make/model again?

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Hello, I have an IBM Thinkpad R51, which had Ubuntu before (and XP a long time ago :lol

Now I reinstalled Windows XP (licensed, just in case you ask). But the wireless network adapter (internal) doesn't seem to be recognized. So I downloaded and installed the driver, but it doesn't do anything. I went to see if XP recognized the card but it doesn't, it is listed in "Other hardware" with a question mark.

I do not have a wireless icon either in the notification area or the Network Connections.

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Solved: Fresh install & wireless

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Ok so my main problem is random BSOD's that are rarely ever the same, this PC is custom built by me, and is only 3 months old. My specs are:

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (Full Retail)
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX
CPU - AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition 3.4Ghz
RAM - G-Skill Ripjaw Series 4GB DDR3 1600 x4 ~16GB~
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5TB
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 4850

Just want to state this upfront, althought highly unlikely I may have found the culprit, was doing some random searches and found the Windows 7 / Vista does not like firewalls. When I think back to when this started I had just bought a new video card and about the same time installed Zone Alarm Free. I always blamed the new video card for the BSODs. BSODs would come and go, I would go weeks at a time w/o them and then I would go weeks at a time with 2-3 a day. So I decided to crash my PC and start fresh, and as soon as I installed Zone Alarm I got a BSOD, however I had also just installed my videocard drivers. So I reverted back to the mircosoft drivers, seemed to work for about 1 hour and then I got a bsod. The main bsod I recieve is System_Service_Exception, some times I just recieve a stop code. For the first month and a 1/2 my pc ran flawlessly then somewhere between this video card and zone alarm everything went to crap. So I am currently still running mircosofts base drivers for my card and have ZA unistalle... Read more

A:[SOLVED] BSODs even after fresh install HELP!


No minidumps were included in the zip file. They should be automatically included if they are present in C:\Windows\Minidump.

Have you had any BSODs since you uninstalled Zone Alarm? We have seen 1000s of Zone Alarm caused BSODs and hopefully it was the only issue here.

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Hello All

Just done a fresh install of XP Home SP3, Installed IE8, attempted to run Windows Update - normally it wants to run an Active X which shows at the top of the page. This is not showing so cannot download updates. Would appreciate any help please.

Regards SilverSurf

A:Solved: Fresh Install - No Updates?

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Ive spent the last few hours backing up my pc getting it ready for a fresh install of XP (needed after 4 years :P ) anyway, ive run into a problem.

Ive booted up from an XP cd and tried to format my existing local disk c: . I have two harddrives in the computer, an IDE and SATA1, XP is installed on a partition on the SATA HDD, i removed the IDE drive before booting from the CD. Before booting from CD i started up the computer and went into my computer, sure enough my ide drive was gone but so was the second paritition on the sata drive... anyway i then booted up from the XP CD and went through to install windows, when i got to the select partition screen there were none listed...
So i connected my IDE drive and tried again, the screen then had my IDE drive and the second partition on the sata drive i.e. not the local disk with windows which i want to format !
Ive tried finding a solution but i dont know exactly what im looking for. I just restared the PC trying to boot into windows and now im getting the error,
'windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please Re-install a copy of the above'

Im lost, any help is much appreciated



A:[SOLVED] Fresh XP install... theres always an issue!

Disconnect any drive other than the one you want to install XP on and boot from your install cd. . Since it is SATA you will either need the SATA drivers on a floppy disc, or:

Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


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I tried searching for the answer, as I thought maybe someone would have already asked. Betting my keywords were bad or something.

With Win2K and XP you could purchase a copy of the UPGRADE, yet still do a fresh install as long as you had the media for an acceptable prior version. Can you do that with Vista as well?


A:Solved: Fresh Install from Upgrade

If by "fresh install" you mean "clean install", then the answer is to install Vista twice; the first time do not enter the product key, after the install, put the Vista disk back in and reinstall, this time enter the product key when asked to do so, choose clean install when given the choice and away you go; it works.

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Hey gents,

Will quickly describe my issue before listing my system.
Basically went out and bought a new Samsung SSD and did a fresh install of windows 7 64bit on my machine.

Ever since reinstalled windows on a clean boot I have been getting lock ups, sometimes requiring hard reset, other times I can continue. In event viewer I often receive the nvlddmkm event 14 error prior to the system locking up, although this does not always happen. I also sometimes receive the driver has stopped responding prompt on the taskbar.
It never seems to lock up when im gaming, only generally whilst web browsing or leaving the machine idle.
Prior to my reformat I was experiencing none of these issues, so it is down to a hardware or software issue somewhere since.

A few things I have tried.
- Updating bios
- Checking RAM timings and voltage
- Harddrive testing
- New and older drivers with clean installs
- All the usual maintenance and virus, chkdsk etc etc
- Checked inside the case with no obvious issues.
- Temps and dust

Now basically I put the issue down to either a potential software conflict or perhaps I installed some incorrectly or missed something I needed during reformat, I may have knocked something installing the SSD, my psu may not quite be strong enough either.

Intel i5 3570
- ASUS GTX560 Ti
- 650W Antec Eco model ... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Hangs after fresh install

Sounds like you just happened to get a dud SSD. Even though Samsung is the top dog in reliability for SSD consumer market nowadays, it's still possible to get a bad one.

First thing is first, and that's if you checked to see if you needed to update firmware for your SSD? If it's up-to-date, then I recommend just getting it RMA'd.

If you still want to go through with further analysis, you can provide us a BSOD report. Understand that BSOD crashdumps and whatnot can only tell us half the story, and hardware diagnostic software can only go so far in telling us the rest. Given that this has all been happening only after you connected the new piece of hardware, and you did say you checked everything in the chassis, then I don't see it as a coincidence that your symptoms are appearing right after the newly installed drive. Honestly, get it RMA'd with another copy, and I'm sure you'll be good to go with the replacement.

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I just did a fresh install of Windows XP on one of my computers.

I installed a Linksys G Wireless Card into the motherboard and installed the drivers. That all works fine.

What I can't seem to get is for Windows to connect to my home network. It can see the router and says its connected but will not ask for my wifi password. Therefore I have no internet on the computer.

Any ideas on how I can get a fresh Windows XP to connect to my wifi?


A:[SOLVED] Fresh Install of XP - No Internet

Moving thread to Networking forum for better results.
Go to Start/Search and type ncpa.cpl and press enter. Is the wireless enabled? Are you using the Linksys wireless connect software or Windows Wireless? If Linksys, try the Windows Wireless.
Test your connection and adapter with WiFi Inspector.

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Well i tried to install windows on a used 80gig hd. It ended up hanging at the Setup is inspecting your computers hardware configuration. So i searched around a bit and it said my hd needed to be repartitioned so i said instead of that id go out and buy a new 500gig that was only 80 dollars. So i put the hd in and tried with this and it still hangs at teh same screen. For some reason i cannot get passed the "Setup is inspecting your computers hardwear configuration" screen. I then put in another CD of windows but the 64 bit version to try that one to see if it were the CD that were bad. And it went straight into the setup but then did not recognize my harddrive was there. If anyone knows how to do this please help.
My computer specs are:
AMD x2 3500
2gigs of DDR2 6400
Geforce 6500 GT
MSI motherboard K9(something)
brand new lite on dvd/cd burner as the cd rom drive
500 watt power supply

Please help would be very thankfull

A:Solved: Windows Fresh install help

Matt: Be sure the CD is clean or use windex and a paper towel
to clean it. Wipe off the Windex from the center to the edges.
You do not have to partition the drive to install XP or any other OS.
Partitioning can be done within the setup, if desired.
Sometimes, it takes quite a while for setup to finish inspecting the hardware configuration.
Be patient.

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I'm looking at doing a fresh install of Windows 8, but I can only find option to purchase an upgrade. Can you purchase the upgrade, burn it to DVD, and boot from it to do a fresh install?


A:Solved: Windows 8 fresh install?


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Hello everyone,

I am working a on HP Mini 110-1033CL. As you may know these tiny net-books' have no cd rom drive so i installed every via external cd rom drive. The problem was the client I had never made a recovery disk and etc. Nor did he buy a recovery kit so I had reinstall the windows home via my disk and use his product key which went just fine. But here is where the conflicts come in. I believe their is a few missing drivers. Yet everything seems to operate just right. Aside from having no audio. Here is a screenshot of the driver that's missing/ or has some troubles from device manager.

I had to manually re-install the drivers. And use windows' update, you may think why not just go to HP search up the model number and when I went onto hp and download their drivers it was incompatible....they said my hardware doesn't support the software for this particular driver.

I attempted to contact HP Online Tech Support but they said this computer has been out of warranty since 7/29/ and will no longer help me without a fee.

If you guys can help me out it'd be great I am willing to work with you guys via team-viewer and etc.


Here is the Dxiag System Information
System Information
Time of this report: 8/18/2011, 14:19:26
Machine name: HM-FLHPMINI110
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Language: English (Regional Sett... Read more

A:Solved: Fresh Install, now sound.

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I am attempting to install XP 64-bit on my custom built PC to dual boot with Windows 7. I have a separate partition set up for XP, and everything installs fine, but whenever I restart and try to boot into XP again, it blue screens into a boot up loop. I've tried installing all mobo drivers, and when that didn't work, I tried installing SP2 (after clearing the partition and reinstalling). Is there any possible explanation for this?


Core i7
MSI x58 platinum SLI
6 GB DDR3 memory

A:Solved: XP Fresh install problems

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I have a working computer already that I am posting this on, with the internet cofigured by somebody else at some time (but obviously not me). I have just bought a new computer with xp on it, and I need to configure it to connect to the internet, preferably the same way. I am using an ethernet cord plugged in to a wireless router which is conected to the modem.

I know this is probably a pretty common question, but I really I am clueless here. What am I supposed to do? Also, I will have to connect this computer to the interent with two different providers and modem set ups. So I also need to know how to configure it to accept both, or how to change it as I need. Thank you for your help and patience . If I can get this thing running tonight I will be a happy camper.

A:Solved: Need to set up internet with fresh xp install

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Hey guys,

I re-installed Vista 64 on my Laptop yesterday to set up a dual-boot with Ubuntu (had Ubuntu only for a while). I gave 32 GB to Vista's system partition, thinking that would be more than I'll ever need (set up another 100 GB partition on my second hard drive for games etc.).

So after I installed Vista, it downloaded 101 updates and spent about 2.5 hours installing them, followed by another hour for even more updates. After that, I found only had 2.5 GB left on my system partition! And that's before I even installed any software! The Windows folder alone is taking up around 22 GB. That's pretty uncool.

Now, all my partitions are set up and Ubuntu is running on the rest of my primary hard disk, so fiddling with the partition sizes is something I'd like to avoid.

Do you guys know what's taking so much space? From your experience, is there anything I can get rid of?

I deleted all the junk files and temporary stuff (using Advanced WindowsCare and CCleaner), also got rid of the hibernation info files (freed up 4 GB) and set up a fixed swap file on the second partition. Still, I'm afraid that after the next few updates, I'll be outta space on C:.

Any ideas?

A:[SOLVED] Vista 64: 22 GB after fresh install?

Hi possibly you pagefile and shadow copy could be adjusted http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2342534,00.asp

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My daughters computer Is running very slow and some programs will not work properly. It is an AMD2800+, 1.6g with 1GB Ram. It is currently running XP SP1. It is running Nortons Internet Security 2009.

In order to clean it up and get it running properly, I have tried to do a do a new install of Windows XP SP3. I booted from the disc and it then comes up with 'Boot from the disc...'. When I press any key, nothing happens and after a little while it then come up with 'Press any key to boot from CD...'. Again I press any key nothing happens and after about 10 seconds, the Windows installed on the computer boots up. It did not load from the disc.

I had a look at the BIOS and I noticed that the boot order was the hard drive first and then the CD drive. Should the boot order be changed around. Or is there something with the keyboard not being recognised, which is doubtful as it worked OK when in I was looking at the BIOS area.

Further, I noticed in some of the threads, there is problems with Win XP SP3 with AMD computers. Is it worth installing WinXP SP3 or just doing a new install of WinXP SP1?

A:[SOLVED] Cannot fresh install WinXP SP3

IF you install SP1, windows update should automatically update it to SP3.

Is the SP3 disk your using from a different PC or a new Disk?
The key for your SP1 install will not work on the SP3 disk so you'll need to have a valid SP3 to install using the SP3 disk.

Norton although better then it used to be is still very system intensive.

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Hello, first, heres what I am running:

Hardware: Acer Aspire One A0751h
OS: Windows XP SP3
Drivers: went to Acer's website to download all drivers (ie. Chipset, Video, Audio, LAN, WLAN, BlueTooth...)

Heres what happened, the Netbook came with Windows XP SP3 Home Edition installed, I wanted to see how Win7 would act on it, sadly it was a bit laggy in some areas for my liking compared to XP (keep in mind its only an Intel Atom 1.33GHz) mainly I think because Win7 is much more animated.

So I didn't have any original software for the XP so I had to search the internet to find an ISO, found one and installed it onto a CD and then my Netbook.

Now comes the time for activation, my original Key is about 95% visible but I'm positive on all but 1 character. I contacted Acer Support and they say that the key has to match the software. But the ISO I downloaded obviously is not going to come with the activation key I need... so, what can I do besides crack it, I really don't want to, to get XP Genuine again without having to buy another XP Disc and reinstall XP??

Appreciate the assistance...

A:[SOLVED] Activation Key - Fresh XP Install

First, you need to make sure your XP CD is legitimate to begin with. Saying you downloaded it off the internet sounds likely it's pirated.

On your other subject - activation. If you have the key and may not be able to read one or two characters, contact MS by phone. My experience with MS Activation team is rather good.

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i curently am having alot of problems (most of the os isnt working and no drivers are working right) with vista and desided its not worth hours and hours of work because i dont have but 2 major programs installed and could reinstall all programs in 4hours tops but i want to do a complete fresh install and compleatly wipe the hard drive in the prossess i have the os disks but have no way to wipe the drive how do i do this before installing vista i also have no other computer to use to format the drive

A:[SOLVED] vista fresh install

You format the drive early in the installation process . .

This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


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Dear All, thank you in advance for any replies.

The situation will probably be a fresh install, but here is the problem.

AMD4200+ x2 dual core Athalon, running XP professional and McAfee (though recently swapped to BT's version - UK isp).

This afternoon I had been running the machine above and doing some work running Autocad, I shut down the pc and went to log off, when a dialogue box appeared mentioning schost and McAfee - clicked OK as this was the only possible option, and the PC froze so had to reboot to check that everything was OK - OH DEAR!.

When the pc booted up, it ran through the usual what I believe is refered to as, POST, PC type, ram, drives etc, then it froze.

So rebooted again, same situation except this time it said the usual windows normally, safe mode, and last known good settings, if the clock ticked down or any pressing of a button is done the PC freezes. It now comes up with select boot drive.

Am I to take it the pc is not recognizing the hard drive and a fresh install is recommended?

The PC is a 2.2GHZ with 4GB of ram and if the drive is not fragged, 250GB in size. Can this run Windows 7 and is it recomended for such an old motherboard (about 2007/8 cannot remember).

Best regards

A:Solved: Probably a fresh install reqd

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Hello all, just got my first build assembled. Everything powered up and I got to BIOS, and I set the SATA made to AHCI. I booted from the Windows 7 (OEM) disc, and installation gets as far as the drive to install to. There are no drives showing, so I put in the CD that came with the MoBo to download the drivers. Windows tells me the drivers can't be installed, and to contact the vendor for updated drivers. Anyone else ever have this problem? BIOS recognizes the drive, so it's just a driver issue (I assume). I've tried the latest drivers from Gigabyte's website. Specs are below:

-Gigabyte GA-A75-D3H MoBo
-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 HDD

Thanks in advance for any advice!

A:[SOLVED] Fresh install problems

Windows 7 OEM? An OEM Windows 7 DVD should be from Dell, Acer, Hp, etc.... Do you have a OEM DVD or a Windows 7 Retail DVD?

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My music computer started having problems with Windows 98 locking up at irregular intervals, and after a while the thing simply wouldn't boot up all the time. The lockups had been getting worse, so naturally I thought I had been vicitimized by some spyware/adware/virus infection and took measures. After countless hours, I finally gave up and bought a new hard drive, installed it, and put on a fresh copy of Windows 98 SE from my recovery CD.

It worked fine - for a while.

Now the computer is exhibiting the same symptoms with the new drive as it did with the old drive. I tried running the Seagate SeaTools to see if I could find any abmormalities and it checked out fine. What is odd is that the computer locks up at no particular place, with no particular interval of time. Quite often I can't even get it past the Windows splash screen.

My uneducated opinion is that this has to be a hardware issue, and I'm feeling frustrated by my inability to isolate the problem. If anyone can make suggestions as how I should proceed, I would be very grateful, indeed.

The computer has an AMD Athlon processor with 512 MB of RAM installed on an Azza 366X AS motherboard by the manufacturer, CyberPower Inc... It clocks around 1.4 ghz... The computer has a CD-R/RW, a Toshiba DVD-ROM, a 1.44 floppy drive, a Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live 5.1, GeForce 64 meg video adaptor, a 56k modem, a Turbolink switching power supply (375atx) and extra cooling fans. The original drive is an IBM Des... Read more

A:Fresh drive, fresh Windows 98 install, same old lockups!

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Hi. I have installed a whole new windows 7 pro x64. My new mobo an ASus p5e3 pro along with new ram pc12800 gskill 2x2 ddr3 (running in 1066mhz due to my q6600)

Everythingi s running perfectly...except some random BSOD. 4 total this week.

I have posted a pack of dump file in here, the last 4 ones are the ones that represent the 4 BSOD I had and that I cannot explain.

the others ones are for various reasons, crashes who happenned during installation but that I was able to resolve.

What is weird is that my BSOD only happenned when I was surfing explorer on when the CPU was idle at night, with utorrent running.
today mc pc got BSOD at 11:54 AM after 1 night or running perfectly. it is open since then and running perfectly again.

All the afternoon for 4 hours it loaded utorrent, I cam back from the university and started to play empire total war and lot of MW2 multiplayer.

Everything is working perfectly, no BSOD !! But I'm afraid to leave my pc open this night...when the BSOD happen I usually have to reboot manually because if it reboot by itself it lead to a DOS screen saying to select a boot device.
Help me someone... I cannot believe me G-skill memory are faulty, otherwise they would have failed in-game.

I suspect nvidia drivers 195.62 can be responsible for thoses bluescreen. The power management tool is not working properly and whatever the option I choose in the nvidia panel it will sometimes lower my frequencies and sometimes it will keep the stock one.

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A:Random BSOD - Fresh install, fresh system

I think I must also mention that BSOD didnt always give the same message, wich lead me to confusion in my troubleshooting research.

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Hi guys,
I'm having a weird problem.. And I'm unsure if this thread belongs here or in HDD section.. Please advise.
Please read the full explanation for better understanding.

I bought a new SSD for my office laptop and pulled out the old one to install on my Ultrabook..

I created a USB stick with my Samsung Win7 DVD, removed the HDD, put the SSD on it and ran the install. (NOTE: Before I installed new OS, SSD booted fine with old OS in my Ultrabook) I booted the stick, deleted the partitions and started the fresh install.. Everything goes smoothly until restarts.
After restart the laptop won't boot the SSD!! It searches for other bootable media, and if I remove all, just goes to boot menu.
I don't know what's happening and I already repeated installation 3 times without success.

Please help.

A:[SOLVED] Win7 fresh install - won't boot

Hi could you have taken the option to clone the old drive to the new

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