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XP Laptop hangs on 'Windows XP' screen?


buel

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Hi, My 5 year old XP laptop hangs on the blue 'Windows XP' screen and does exactly the same when i try to start in safe mode, also the same in 'Last Known Good Configuration'. I do have an OEM XP CD.

Please can i have some/any tips as to what to do?

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buel

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Thank you (as usual mate)

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buel

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Hi, Quick update: This has happened to a friend's computer and im about to use the XP disk but i notice that the xp sticker on the computer is ripped. Will i need the code to repair xp using the disk?

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buel

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Really could do with an answer on this asap please?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Yes you need the number

however if you can boot using a linux live CD or other bootable media,

you can copy the windows\system32\WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK to a memory stick

when XP is repaired copy these fi;es back to their original postion and XP will not need activating.

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buel

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Thank you Fruitbat.

I have not got a Linux CD but im willing to give this a try. Please could you point me towards some instructions as this is a new technique to me? Thank you for this.

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lotvic

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Or if you have the necessary connection cables (2.5 drive to usb) you could take out the laptop hard drive and connect it to another pc and then copy the files. (you may need to enable 'Show hidden files and folders, and system files' in folder Views)

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Puppy linux here is supposed to be easy to use for a newbie to linux.

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buel

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Lotvic, It's a desktop so getting the hard drive out will be easy. Do you mean i can then see the Windows key? Im sure i remember a program that helps you find the Windows key from a working hard drive?

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lotvic

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I was meaning the files that Fruit Bat /\0/\ said. Maybe he will know if you could retrieve the Product key from it as well. (if it is a factory pre-activated oem install it will (may) not be the same key as would have been on the tower sticker. But you cannot use a factory pre-activated oem key for an install from a DVD, you would need the files that go with it) Do you know what make and model the pc is?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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You can only get the key from a working copy of windows.

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