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my xp was reinstalled and is not genuine


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I was away for the weekend and the kid who was housesitting got caught up in a bad spyware/malware/virus situation, panicked and called a friend, they reloaded a copy of windows because XP wouldn´t boot and now I am flagged as not genuine by microsoft and cant get updates and they have their purchase real thing plus popup warnings. I can´t reinstall my genuine CD because it is older and says I can lose data. It won't even give me an option to continue.
Plus I am in Peru with a spanish copy of XP, don´t think it makes any difference.
This is XP Professional SP 2 but my CD is XP Professional.
I used to be registered as genuine.

Help!!!!

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Edited by triggs, 06 June 2006 - 06:17 PM.

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Run a repair install using your CD and your cd key

http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html

You will not lose any data

This assumes you a) have a real xp cd (not a recovery disk from a PC Maker) b) your cd has not been altered. Some OEM cds are "windows" cds but they do can be altered by the OEM

So, what kind of cd do you have> Does it have a hologram on the front?
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Hmm. It says Microsoft campus agreement Opción de estudiante but does not have a hologram. I purchased the computer and had XP installed on it from the vendor. It came with this whole batch of software, Office, etc. in a little wallet that says Microsoft en la educación. OK to try?
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sounds like a student version...that should be equivalent of a oem or retail

Yes, I would try it. Drop it in your PC and see if it has an i386 folder in it, if so, go for it
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