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Windows Reinstallation

I had to replace a motherboard and power supply on my friends compaq presario and since but you have to reinstall Windows XP( it says its already activated ) and brings you user login and when you click sign in, it asks to register XP again(probably windows way of making sure everyone can use the same disk).... so i tried putting a Windows XP backup disk so i can reinstall but it wont bring up the "boot off disk", anyone know of a way of making boot from disk so i can reinstall....

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Windows Reinstallation

Since you changed the MB you will have to reactivate. This is a Billy G thing to stop priating. John

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Windows Reinstallation

i have the reinstalation disk but when you put it in its still booting up the old Windows XP and returns to log in screen

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You need to change boot order

in your BIOS. By default, it's usually A:,C:. You need to interupt the POST, locate the option to change the boot order to CD ROM being the first device. It should now look their first. After reinstallation, change it back to how you found it.

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