I have resurected an old computer in my garage (AMD Athlon 1800+ with windows Xp)and after typing msconfig or dxdiag in the 'run' box on the start menu nothing happens. The hour glass appears for a few seconds then disappears. I assume that some windows files are missing, however, I don't have the original windows disc - the licence hologram sticker thingy is on the case with the licence number but I don't have the xp cd to re-install the OS. Anyone any ideas please?
in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.
sfc /scannow problems click here will show how to point sfc at the i386 folder
""I thought that each disc had its own licence number and would only work with that number?""
No, the CD's are mass produced and are not tied to individual product keys. What does happen during activation is the product (licence) key and hash code (of the pc hardware generated during install of XP) is noted by MS so that the product key cannot be used on another pc that has different hardware.
Activation fails if product key and hash code don't match with what MS have recorded which is why if you change too many hardware bits you have to ring up and convince them that you are just replacing parts of or upgrading the original pc.