Thread: windows installation question
May 26th, 2005, 12:55 PM #1
windows installation question
got a friends pc here. with a ton of crud on it.
its a packard bell thing running xp home.
he doesn't have a windows cd or a restore cd, but his windows serial is still stuck to the side of the box.
could i use my windows cd (full) to reinstall windows on the p/bell but use the serial number thats on the side of it?
May 26th, 2005, 01:22 PM #2
Good question.... I really don't see why not. As long as you USE HIS SERIAL. Does he have 2 partitions on his drive? The reason I ask is I just repaired an Emachine and it came with no cd's etc on it but it had an extra partition where the whole installation was. I ran setup from that partition and it completely restored his PC back to the way it came off the showroom floor.
May 26th, 2005, 01:41 PM #3
The serial number must be of the same type as the cd. If the serial number is for OEM XP Home Edition then the CD must be OEM XP home edtion. If the serial number is for XP Pro the CD must also be XP Pro. If you have a retail version CD you must have a retail version serial number, etc.
May 26th, 2005, 01:51 PM #4
sweeper theres a 2gb backup partition but i can't see whats on it......
how might i get in to see if theres a similar set up option?
May 26th, 2005, 01:52 PM #5
No. What would happen is that YOUR serial number would become invalid if you needed something to do with your computer.
May 26th, 2005, 01:58 PM #6
The serial number is not tied to the cd. As long as the serial number is for the same type as the cd there will be no problems.
For HP I think you need to hit F1 during boot up to get into the recovery partition.
Maybe F2 but I think it's F1.
May 26th, 2005, 02:18 PM #7
still workin on this. thanks again guys.
May 26th, 2005, 02:23 PM #8
Doddsy, I just checked. For HP it's F10 to get to the recovery partition.
May 26th, 2005, 02:26 PM #9
Try looking in his program list / Start / All Programs .. see if there is anything in there about restoring the PB OS. There was on the E-Machine I did. I didn't find it right away, but, that's how I got it to restore. It reformatted itself and reinstalled everything off the second partition.
May 26th, 2005, 03:44 PM #10
yep just found something called smart restore.........
but it just restore software and driver installations.................
scan time.....lots of scans
May 26th, 2005, 03:59 PM #11
aha.................the smart restore thingy has an ioption that lets you make discs from the "back up" partition...........
May 26th, 2005, 04:29 PM #12
Windows XP will install with a serial number, then it has to get activated. It's the activation that will deactivate the installation code from YOUR computer.
May 26th, 2005, 04:37 PM #13Originally Posted by RayH
so now i should be able to restore the thing to factory settings using its own serial and its own disks.
i love u guys......
edit: its reinstalling windows....just windows, from the master cds i made.........
Last edited by doddsy; May 26th, 2005 at 05:24 PM.
May 26th, 2005, 04:38 PM #14Originally Posted by RayH
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