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Hi all,

I'm new to these forums so not so sure on what sort of assistance I am going to get here. I've read all forums and have not found anyone to seem to have the same issue as me.

I had a laptop that I bought off a friend. It had windows 98 on it.
I uploaded windows vista to it and then stupidly lost the disc.
Everything was fine for a few months and I realised I had just about had enough with windows vista so I borrowed a Windows Xp home edition from a friend. I uploaded it all the way till the point of inputting the product key.
At this point he told me he hasn't got the product key :|.
So I had Installed windows xp home without a product key, and Cannot workout how to Basically, get rid of it.
I tried loading a Windows xp professional disc ( my own), ( and yes i had the product key for once:) )
But the Windows xp Home edition product key input would not dissapear.
That is where I am up to so far.
Really looking for some helpful assistance.
Thank you all very much in advance.
Urban Darkfire
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It sounds like you did not do a full reformat of the drive when you installed XP pro.
You probably have 2 windows setups. To determine that I will need to know the following.

When you boot up do you have to choose a OS?
Is XP pro running without any problems?
Did XP pro accept the key?

1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl and then click OK.
2. Click on the Advanced tab, and then click Settings
3. In the Startup and Recovery area at the bottom click Settings.
4. Under System Startup click Edit. This opens the Boot.ini file in Notepad ready for editing.

Copy and paste the boot.ini file here so we can take a look at it.

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also, you said you tried to reinstall with your xp pro cd. is that copy of xp installed on any other computer?
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Edit:please let the OP answer my question before posting more advice

Edited by dsenette, 09 June 2010 - 02:21 PM.

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