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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by greylensman, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. greylensman

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    Hi,i am running an athlon 2200+ on xp pro.I was uninstalling norton security so i could put zone alarms on.Now i have loads of probs with pc.I click on system restore but just get a blank screen,so i cannot reset to an earlier date.This pc was bought from a friend of a friend who has now left our area and we didnt get a windows operating disc from him.Is there any way of rebooting this pc without buying a windows disc as i dont know how to get restore back.cheers.
     
  2. dennis

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    without a windows operating disk it's as usefull as a chocolate teapot! :D
    bite the bullet and go and buy one of them,you will then be able to do a complete format and start from scratch with a "clean"pc.
     
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    There is always the illeagal option. Im not saying anymore, but since you did pay for the PC with windows pre-instaled as such, you shouldnt have to pay for another copy of windows.
     
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    as far as i am concerned piracy is not an option,after a few years my xp disk was corrupted so i bought a new one costing.........£180 :eek: but hey i got a clear conscience :rolleyes: he bought the pc off a person who never gave him the oe disk thats tuff but he only has to buy windows once,if the pc is worth it then buy it.
    piracy costs us all in the end.
     
  5. greylensman

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    thanks guys.i didnt think i could do it without buying windows disc.low end pcs are so cheap nowadays i might be able to peruade the misses to get one then kill two birds with one stone.
     
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    you can pick up an OEM copy of WindowsXP for about £55, you'll just need to buy some PC hardware to go along with it... a mouse, RAM, etc....
     
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    It depends how valuable your time is to you but you could trz n fix it still?

    Have you tried safe mode? Can you see any errant entries in add/remove?
    Have you tried re-applying the latest service pack? Service pack re-application is ALWAYS a good place to start. :thumbsup:


    If you can ever get another copy of your version of windows you have two options:

    1 - boot from it and you will have the option to attempt to repair your install

    2 - you should be able to do what we call a "non-destructive" reinstall. Basically, boot from this disk and install Windows again to the same installaition directory. This means you will probably not have to re-install most of your apps and should not loose data. BE WARNED: Ensure you do NOT select to wipe your partition but in-fact install OVER THE TOP of the old setup.


    Good luck!
     
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    Does the pc have the windows sticker on it with the appropriate key?
     

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