It didn't work, but at least it's progress.
Continue to track down the CD's
I tried your old solution of resetting the trial. That part worked. When I tried to input my product code shown on the side of my computer, that code did not work, neither did the old code which I had before all this mess started.
If the code from my computer did not work, that must mean that my current windows xp is locked to the fake cd code. That also might mean, other cd's may not work, if the product keyi s only allowed from the cd key.
Yes that's right.
The only way is to run a Repair
But better to re-install fresh.
Therefore don't bother installing Office and everything just yet
lol, the only way to fix my validation that was caused by a repair, is to repair it again, how ironic.
TIs now time to see who my real friends are, haha i'm kidding. I will keep you posted as soon as I retrieve the disks.
Thanks for all the help.
Oh and I have one more question, according to the C.O.A. my Windows was made in 2004. i'm not sure if that tells if it is SP1 or not, but in the event that I use one of my friends disc and find out that my key doesn't work, would you be able to cancel the installation? or also, would shutting down your computer mess it up?
Yes you can cancel at any time
Restart and start a fresh
Sorry I do not know what version you have, not sure if the sticker gives it away though - I think so.
Lol you probably would not believe this but I was browsing around on the Genuine advantage site, and since I was not yet activated I was fine just browsing around.
So I searched around eventually got to an option about having a product code installed on your computer different from the C.O.A. code.
I ran the program given on the site and sure enough, The program changed for me the pirated code into the C.O.A. key.
Now all I have to do is just call them to activate my key and also hope for a discount because I lost my XPCD. I figured, i can't keep mooching off my friends for their CD's if something happens to me.
Anyways, thanks for all the help kimsland. I'll post again once I get reactivated(hopefully)
guess if u cant overcome this problem,just get a backup disk to backupyour datas amd then format your system.if it tell you your os will expire in 30 days just use your c.o.a key or call your computer manufacturer.
Forgive me for the long response.
I have successfully validated my computer, finally, after a long time because my phone service was not working. I used the C.O.A. i have on the back of my computer.
So what i tried then was using windows update to update from regular windows xp home edition to service pack 2. Upon the end of the windows xp service pack 2 installation, it said error, could not install. So then I got pretty worried. I restarted my computer to try again and then it said my computer was already service pack 2, this I thought quite peculiar.
So far, the only way of accessing windows update was through clicking windows update in the control panel, not actually internet explorer. So I thought to remedy that by installing internet explorer 7 to solve it. After I installed internet explorer 7, it ceased to access windows update, I would be waiting for the window to load for an hour and nothing happens. I'm currently typing this through Mozilla Firefox.
Oh and another flaw I have. When I updated to service pack 2, my peripheral usb devices ceased to work. Thats including my mouse, keyboard, flash drives, and my external drive. When I plug in the usb, a plug and play option does not even happen.
So what I did now was, I ordered a free XP service pack 2 cd update. I'm wondering now if whether I am able to repair using that disc or not.
BTW, I can't even uninstall service pack 2, seeing as how that was the problem. My computer has so many problems..
Well in this case, usually SFC /ScanNow from the command prompt will work.
Only, it requires your Xp CD to complete (if any files are found corrupt)
So, how's the MS phone call going! By the way you are allowed to copy (and therefore use a copy) of the MS CD, for backup purposes. So maybe cloneing a copy somehow, may be very beneficial to you. Alternatively order the CD.
Also the SP2 can be uninstalled (although usually not a good idea) you should see it in add/remove programs. I take it that you are using a PS2 mouse now as well.
You need that CD