DELL DIMENSION 4400
Soundcard: Creative Soundblaster Live! Value Digital 1024
Problem: My computer would not get past login in Windows XP Home SP2, so I tried repairing XP Home sp2 through boot-up Windows Repair option. I also tried to sign in through Safe mode, with no solution. I ended up clean installing XP PRO SP2 which my roommate has for his XP Pro machine. I loaded it up and everything seemed to run perfect, and faster than before (no junk or adware is the reason). Then I realized that the computer no longer recognized the sound card. (It never recognized it since the XP Pro installation). Also in the NOD32 (anti-virus program) when I run a virus check it says that it can't read some files (ntuser.dat, ntuser.dat.log, usrclass.log, usrclass.dat.log, edb.log, tmp.edb, default.LOG, SAM, as well as some others.) error opening (File locked) ) for example: "C:/pagefile.cys error opening file (4)File Locked" then in the bottom it says:
" File cannot be opened. It may be in use by another application or operating system."
Then I remembered when my computer reboots it asks me which OS I want to use XP PRO, or XP Home. I actually edited the boot.ini earlier so it would boot directly to XP PRO. I just thought that this was weird since I formatted my disks before I installed XP PRO. Could it be possible that my old OS is using my soundcard?
Also I tried installing Creative soundcard drivers, but it says that there is no sound device installed on this computer.
SUMMARY: My computer won't recognize my soundcard since my clean install of WINDOWS XP PRO SP2 from a messed up WINDOWS XP HOME SP2 machine.
WINDOWS ISSUE AS IDENTIFIED BY PIP 22 OF GEEKS TO GO FORUM:
So you've installed XP using the same CD that belongs to your room-mate's computer? I assume you also used the same CD-key to install it as your room-mate used? If so, that's illegal unless it's covered by a multi-user licence. If it's a single-user licence you are legally bound to install it on only one PC. As such, we cannot help you.
MY RESPONSE TO PIP 22:
I spoke to my roomate about the windows disc he gave me he said it was an office version. I did not know I was doing anything illegal, I did not even have to type a key for the installation. Once I registered I even used my name. Is there a way where I can fix this issue, and return my computer to working condition without doing illegal stuff? Thanks.
Please help. Thank you in advance.