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upgrade/activation nightmare

by crockhunter / December 10, 2007 5:50 AM PST

I purchased a laptop computer in the spring of 2005 which came default with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. This fall, I finally purchased an Apple iMac. I currently attend college and need to still be able to run some software only available for windows XP computers. I figured, upgrade the laptop to windows xp, giving it the ability to have a remote desktop connection, allowing me to still have the ability to use the software and not bother with two different computers. This is where the trouble begins:

- I had the Windows XP upgrade wipe my computer-- hoping to just reinstall the software needed and free up the 100GB of useless docs. Turns out this actually doesn't do as it says, and rather uninstalls all programs on your computer and doesn't delete a single file. Now I'm left with little free memory and no factory installed software.

So the critical software bits missing:
1) Display properties software - my laptop has a special resolution size (1280x800) which when run under windows xp normal screen setup distorts to fit their preset resolutions.
2) No software to use my computer's wireless card. So no wireless internet.
3+) similar software woes, just not as important.

First thought: restore the computer to factory settings to get this essential software back (which as a bonus wipes the drive) and then upgrade to the xp pro.

Problem: the masterminds at averatec do not make recovery cd's for the 4200 series and the only apparent way to recover is the use the software they installed on the computer- which is now uninstalled from the upgrade.

Even better, because i dont want to waste a use of the product key to activate windows xp pro only to restore to home edition, i've tried to find other solutions. unsuccessfully. now, the laptop has run out of trial time for the windows xp pro and wont do a thing without activiation.

i'm looking for any alternative to adding the dual boot to my mac, mainly because i dont want to use up so much of my hard drive space and rather not have anything related to windows installed on such a nice new computer.

Is there anything else i can do to get my laptop back to the original factory settings? I just want it to do something again, I dont even care about getting the xp pro on it anymore.

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Try Q
by welrdelr / December 10, 2007 6:29 AM PST

There is an emulator for the MacintoshOS called Q. Download it and run XP within the environment. The system will be a file you can erase or, better yet, you can run it from a USB drive.

Try mounting the laptop with a live cd that has ntfs 3g on it. If the files are accessible, you will be able to copy them and move to a usb key.
If the files are not accessible, you will need to learn how to use Linux/bsd dd-rescue to copy the drive.


There is also the option of:
a) shrinking the NTFS partition (try gparted cd first then knoppix)
\b) committing to this action
c) installing a linux- or bsd if you like a challenge- distroon it.
d) installing grub/ lilo
e) final step: after all of these, you will be able to c dual boot and try to save your files while still having use of the computer.

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There was a way to avoid all this. Wish you had asked first
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2007 6:39 AM PST

Your Mac came with VNC capability so you could have installed VNC on the laptop (for free no less) and saved a lot of time lost.

-> Since Avertec doesn't have restore CDs the road out is costly. You need to get a full retail license of XP (any version will do) then go get drivers from Avertec's web site to get each item to work.

I see this all the time because people forget that such drivers are not on Microsoft's CD.

Bob

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