In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!"
[size=4]This helped to a degree, once I input an XP PROFESSIONAL disk, I was able to follow the instructions and get Windows to run. However, when I restarted the computer, more problems began. Windows would begin but when I clicked the user's icon, an error message stating the product key codes didn't match and wouldn't let me in at all. Is there a work around for this?
My husband helped me realize that the Dell has XP MEDIA CENTER on it. I've never seen a Media Center disk. The computer owner (a lady from church) brought me all the disks she had for the laptop and there are no back up disks, for the OS. I did the steps again and got into Windows again and downloaded Keyfinder, from Jellybean but it only shows the Key I entered while using the XP PROFESSIONAL and did not even mention the XP MEDIA CENTER OS.
Edited by Jenn C, 09 December 2008 - 12:25 AM.