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Newb here trying to repair XP but failing


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If you are using a Dell xp cd, (says dell right on it) dont worry about the keys. It wont even ask for them. You must use the Dell cd only on a Dell computer. Thats the cool thing about Dell and HP and others (its called OEM).

Edited by rosiesdad, 24 August 2009 - 07:42 PM.

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If you are using a Dell xp cd, (says dell right on it) dont worry about the keys. It wont even ask for them. You must use the Dell cd only on a Dell computer. Thats the cool thing about Dell and HP and others (its called OEM).


Correct... you should have a sticker on your case with the serial number too.
It will look like this: http://www.technibbl...cod-sticker.jpg

After a reformat, no viruses should remain on your computer.
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Alright, I did a format completely following edge's website guidelines, and the setup supposedly worked, but surprisingly, it still has the same usernames. I clicked on mine, and it even still has the same desktop, except that whenever I click any user, it only shows the desktop and that's it, allowing me to leave only by ctrl+alt+delete. Restarted and it's the same thing.

Definitely going to need some help with this.
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Are you sure you selected Format (NTFS)?
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Oh crap, I just realized I chose repair. Should I delete the partition containing all the data and make a new one?
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Just redo the steps Edge gave you and this time have it format using NTFS and do a fresh install.
This should erase everything on the partition and load windows fresh without anything from the old install.
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It's working great...I believe this may finally be the end of it.

http://i20.photobuck...-r/BisonYes.jpg

I'd like to thank everyone who helped throughout this entire ordeal, especially when I held off things for long periods of time simply because I was afraid of losing the data. If I ever have any troubles again I'll be sure to come back here, and I'll be recommending this place to other people as well.
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Looks like all is well then! :)
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