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How to get back to XP Home from {Invalid Copy XP -Pro}

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Andrew, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Flightless Bird

    I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.

    XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    the machine..!

    The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.

    1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?

    2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?

    Any Feedback would be appreciated
    Andrew ;-)
     
  2. R. McCarty

    R. McCarty Flightless Bird

    Unfortunately an XP Home to Pro is a one-way migration. You'll
    have to format and re-install. The only downside is if the PC is an
    OEM then any software ( 3rd-party ) will be lost in the format. I'd
    check and see if the drive has a recovery partition. If so, I'd use the
    Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to capture the user data. Then
    do the recovery process to return the PC to factory condition. You
    will be faced with lots of updates & patches ( Service Packs also ).
    After recovery run FAST to restore the user profile.

    Keys are not interchangeable. If the license COA has OEM in it
    you'll need an OEM disk. All that is a moot point if the drive has
    a factory recovery partition. Go to the vendor's website and read
    any documentation they provide on how to restore a system.


    "Andrew" <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> wrote in message
    news:gd6dnf3W2quPIAvWnZ2dnUVZ8h6dnZ2d@bt.com...
    >I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >
    > XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    > Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    > the machine..!
    >
    > The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    > XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    > and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >
    > 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    >
    > 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?
    >
    > Any Feedback would be appreciated
    > Andrew ;-)
    >
    >
     
  3. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Andrew" <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> wrote in message
    news:gd6dnf3W2quPIAvWnZ2dnUVZ8h6dnZ2d@bt.com...
    > I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >
    > XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    > Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    > the machine..!
    >
    > The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    > XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    > and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >
    > 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    >
    > 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?
    >
    > Any Feedback would be appreciated
    > Andrew ;-)


    About your secondary point (loss of data): If you repair PCs for clients
    then you should use this opportunity to remind him about the risks he takes
    while not having a proper backup scheme. About saving his files in case
    Windows will no longer start, you would be able to offer him several
    alternatives, e.g.
    - Connecting his disk as a slave disk to one of your own machines
    - Booting the machine with a Bart PE boot CD (or similar),
    then in each case copying his data to some other medium. It generates
    customer confidence when you can defuse such issues with a casual wave of
    your hand.
     
  4. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Andrew" <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> wrote in message
    news:gd6dnf3W2quPIAvWnZ2dnUVZ8h6dnZ2d@bt.com...
    > I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >
    > XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    > Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    > the machine..!
    >
    > The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    > XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    > and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >
    > 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    >
    > 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?
    >
    > Any Feedback would be appreciated
    > Andrew ;-)
    >


    You can also do it from the Command Prompt:

    net user xxx /active:yes

    There is lots of help too:

    net help user | more
     
  5. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:-ORjyuC#vKHA.1984@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "Andrew" <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> wrote in message
    > news:gd6dnf3W2quPIAvWnZ2dnUVZ8h6dnZ2d@bt.com...
    >> I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >>
    >> XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    >> Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    >> the machine..!
    >>
    >> The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    >> XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    >> and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >>
    >> 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    >>
    >> 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?
    >>
    >> Any Feedback would be appreciated
    >> Andrew ;-)
    >>

    >
    > You can also do it from the Command Prompt:
    >
    > net user xxx /active:yes
    >
    > There is lots of help too:
    >
    > net help user | more


    Wrong thread - please ignore.
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/ and click on the Validate
    Windows and/or Validate Office button then restart your computer.

    If you weren't able to Validate, proceed as follows:

    1. Download this diagnostic tool, saving it to your desktop:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=56062

    => WinXP: Double-click on the executable to run the tool.

    => Vista & Win7: Right-click on the executable and select Run as
    Administrator to run the tool.

    2. After running the tool, click on the Windows and/or Office tab as
    appropriate and then click on Copy (to clipboard).

    NB: You may want to open a new Notepad file, paste the contents of your
    clipboard into it & save for future reference.

    3. Begin a new thread in the appropriate Microsoft Genuine Advantage forum
    and paste the results from the WGA and/or OGA Diagnostic Data tool in a
    detailed post: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/genuine

    4. A troubleshooting specialist will analyze the data and recommend an
    appropriate solution.

    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002

    Andrew wrote:
    > I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >
    > XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    > Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    > the machine..!
    >
    > The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    > XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    > and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >
    > 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    >
    > 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?
    >
    > Any Feedback would be appreciated
    > Andrew ;-)
     
  7. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Andrew wrote:
    > I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    >
    > XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    > Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    > the machine..!
    >
    > The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    > XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    > and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    >
    > 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?


    A Clean Install is necessary.

    > 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk ..?


    Only if the type matches. For example, if the client's version of XP
    Home is OEM, your XP Home installation CD must be a generic OEM one
    (Retail won't work).
     
  8. Andrew

    Andrew Flightless Bird

    Thanx Guys.. got it sorted ;-)

    The PC Had an OEM Recovery Partition..!

    Information For other readers ..

    Pressing F11 Activates the Recovery program, and user can specify to
    Format or not, Full/Partial Recover
    And Correct Licensed Version XP for the Machine is re-Installed from
    the Partition..!

    Thanx for the replies Guys ;-)

    "Andrew" <NoToSpam@ReadItYourSelf.com> wrote in message
    news:gd6dnf3W2quPIAvWnZ2dnUVZ8h6dnZ2d@bt.com...
    |I have recently been given a PC to Repair, from a client.
    |
    | XP-Pro Has Failed the Genuine Windows License Check..
    | Which the customer presumes was done by a relative trying to repair
    | the machine..!
    |
    | The machine Has a Valid License for XP-Home Edition, and I have an
    | XP-Home Disk(Not the Original),
    | and the customer would Not like to loose the Data on the machine.
    |
    | 1) What is best way to Install Over XP-Pro,is Re-format required ..?
    |
    | 2) Will the license Key be valid for the installation from my disk
    ...?
    |
    | Any Feedback would be appreciated
    | Andrew ;-)
    |
    |
     

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