Im no pr0 at computers im just starting to understand and learn computers, But i tought it would be cool to test out windows 7and now that i want too go back to the old good os XP pro the CD won't boot or anything and i had som problems from before, with the w7 so i re-formated it and now i't wont find my other drives. My question is how do i get the CD too boot so i can delete the w7 and get back to XP ?
From w7 to Xp wont work(10 posts)
Download, burn a CD or make a floppy of this FREE Program.
Use as per tutorial.
Clean Install XP Using Original CD or Slipstream Copy Containing MB Chipset Driver.
Ensure you have all XP Device Drivers BEFORE beginning Clean Install Procedure.
My problem is different but almost at the same topic:
I'm trying to install windows XP Pro, before i had Windows 7. I booted from CD-ROM but somehow in the middle of the installation on 33 mins left when the devices are finish installed,I get please type your 25-character volume license product key which i have been told by many friends and internet users that it's not needed and i should not need to activate it since i'm installing from CD-ROM.
Could anyone please help me or tell me what i'm doing wrong?
EDIT: Cross typed with ScottW.
Sorry about that.
Someone gave you the wrong information.
A Clean Install of XP, other than with a Volume License Copy, always requires that you put in the Product Key.
This is NOT Product Activation.
Only after the installation is finished, all the machine device drivers installed, the machine is configured properly, all Updates are installed and the system is running well should you Activate (PA) the system with MS.
You will have time to do this and be given reminders so take your time and perform an Absolute Perfect Install.
Raphoenix im sorry i tryed to do as you told me but i dident get it working do you think it could be the windows cd or something ? i don't have an origenal windows cd im waiting for w7 to come out with the final package and a daemon tools that works here you. got anyother tips or anything that could help me ? :s
Sorry my friend.
If don't have a Genuine MS O/S Installation CD/DVD or a copy there of with the appropriate accompanying Genuine MS Product Key, you are out of luck.
Neither I nor the Forum condone "cracking" or "pirating" of software.
It is my understanding that the Free Win7 RC will be available for testing beginning May 5, 2009.
Ubuntu Linux is always FREE.
xiset, Partition Magic will not work on Windows 7 or Vista partitions, nor should you attempt it. It's no longer updated and hasn't been since before Vista came out. I also recommend against Hiren's boot CD which is basically a warez disc.
You could use GPartEd as described in this article by The Geek, or use the diskpart.exe command line from a Windows PE or RE disc.
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