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a problem with XP

by donsms / May 13, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

A while back, a year I guess, we had our dial up modem go bad and had to be be replaced. At the time we had Windows 98 on our computer, witch is a Gateway and 98 came already installed. Well Windows 98 would not reconise the new modem so the shop had to install XP to get it to work. No problems still get updates but we still get the message the our XP is not genuine. I have done sent Microsoft a e-mail explaining the problem. Any advice? I want to get this sorted out. Thanks

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Sadly the shop did you no favor.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 12:10 PM PDT
In reply to: a problem with XP

If they installed a bogus XP to fix it and left you with a ticking timebomb, the issue is not something Microsoft may fix. You have to ask how you'll get out of this pickle.

The usual is to get your XP CD out and perform a PARALLEL INSTALL using your CD KEY to activate your license. Then you install all the drivers and then reach over into the old installation and save your files.


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fingers crossed
by donsms / May 14, 2006 12:27 AM PDT

I got a e-mail from Microsoft and will have to call and explain the problem. Will keep you posted. Thanks

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follow up
by donsms / May 25, 2006 1:05 PM PDT
In reply to: fingers crossed

To make a long story short. The XP that was installed was for business not home use. After biting the bullet and paying a hamsome price the fix was very easy to do. Now waiting on the CD-ROM for just in case.

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It would have been a lot easier
by glb613 / May 25, 2006 9:03 PM PDT
In reply to: follow up

to replace your modem with one that's compatible with Windows 98. They still make them and they aren't that difficult to find. I'm surprised a repair shop couldn't find one to work with your machine. I wouldn't do business with them anymore. Hope you get things straightened out.

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