Windows Product Activation

  HandyAndy5535 13:09 18 Jun 2008

Please can someone help as some idiot has installed XP Home Edition on a brand new Vista Machine on my mates parents machine but cannot get it activated, is there any way round this without me having to Re-Install XP with the Professional disc that i have??



  birdface 13:20 18 Jun 2008

Providing it was a Genuine XP Disc with the Keycode on it I see no reason why it should not work providing of course that your parents wanted the Home version installed.Xp pro disc will do no good either if this is a new computer you will need a Vista disc.Keycode would be on the side of the computer somewhere.

  birdface 13:24 18 Jun 2008

I should have said if it was a genuine Xp Home disc with the Keycode you will have to phone microsoft probably to get it Activated.Or try All programs.Accessories.System tools.Activate Windows.Try that and see if it works.

  HandyAndy5535 13:33 18 Jun 2008

Thanks for that but it's my mates parents computer and they don't even have the disc that the idiot installed XP Home with and they don't have a Vista disc, only the disc from Packard Bell that came with the computer. As for logging in to windows it just won't let me get that far.

I have used my own XP Pro Disc on other machines and haven't had any problems before but thought there might be an easier way round this than having to reformat and instal from my disc.


  lotvic 20:30 18 Jun 2008

why not put Vista back?
"Your Packard Bell computer comes with a hidden partition that holds all the necessary information to restore your computer back to it's orginal state."
click here
and follow the instructions

  ventanas 21:53 18 Jun 2008

Use the PB disc to put Vista back. You won't have any drivers for XP anyway. And as its new there may not be any. It will also be legal again.

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