Formatted my hard drive by mistake

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giname2
Formatted my hard drive by mistake

Hi I need HEELP. I had windows xp home edition on my computer since I got it then i had a very bad error while trying to reinstall my windows and then a friend of mine gave me his windows but is the professional edition which I dont like very much so I installed on my computer I by mistake format my hard drive and now I dont know what to do I dont have the restore cds...... PLEASE HELP

   

CM
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

Hi. It's not really clear, but I'm understanding you correctly... And If you're trying to get your data back after reformatting to XP Pro, you pretty much can't unless you have it backed up.  The new install wrote over the old.  If you have Pro up and running fine with your friend's serial key, stick with it; it's better than Home Edition.  Sorry if I'm misunderstanding your question.

giname2
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

ok thank you CM

Stevie
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

You said there was an error while you were trying to reinstall your Windows.  Do you mean you were trying to run a Windows Restore or were you trying to use your manufacturer's installed recovery partition that would have reformatted your haarddrive and reinstalled your original operating system?

Regardless.. at this point you can't go back to Windows Home Edition unless you have the program on CD.  If your C: drive had a recovery/reinstall partition it doesn't anymore.

Here's what I would be concerned about - if you installed your friend's XP Pro and have your Auto-Updates turned on you should be getting notices about updates you need.  Your install of XP Pro might not pass Microsoft Validation since it's not yours.  So when these update notices happen, choose "Custom" and be on the lookout for "Windows Genuine Advantage".  Don't install that update unless you know that your XP Pro will pass.  You won't like what happens if you install the update and Microsoft thinks that you have a copied operating system.

So what about XP Pro don't you like?  I agree with CM.  Stick with it - it's better.  There aren't any big differences you should be able to tell.  My favorite difference is that in the desktop wallpaper list, instead of that ugly green Windows Home Edition wallpaper, there's this real cool, soothing blue one that says "Windows XP Professional".  :P

giname2
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

thats one of the problems I have that this windows does not pass the microsoft validation and then I can't have any updates. well thank you for the help

Stevie
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

If you haven't installed Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), you can still get updates using Automatic Update - you just won't be able to get any updates manually from the website.  Using Auto-Update on a new install, updates are offered in small batches and it just takes longer to get your new Windows install caught up.  Activate Automatic Updates in Control Panel.

If you've already installed WGA and are getting messages and balloons from Mr. Gates, either run a Restore (Start\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Restore) back to the closest time before you installed the WGA update or have your friend reinstall XP Pro and then be on the look-out for that update.

Make sure your Auto-Update is set on "Notify but don't download or install updates", then when you get the yellow notification in your task bar, choose "Custom" so you can get a look at what updates you're getting ready to get stuck with.  IMO, all Windows updates are good except for WGA.  Uncheck that one when it is offered and then answer the next question that you don't want to be notified about that update again.

giname2
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

ok now I have another problem I bought windows xp home edition now what can I do becouse when I put my cd in it says. Setup cannot upgrade your current installation of windows is not a supported upgrade path. Now waht please help

hubby
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somewhere as part of the setup, in the options and questions that it asks you, it should give you a choice to either upgrade your existing install (which is not supported) - or install OVER your existing installation, wiping out whatever is there now.  Doesn't it?

(PS - THIS would be so much easier and less frustrating)

Isaac
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I think she purchased the Retail Upgrade version and not the full version..... if this is the case, you can find someone with an older version of Windows and use there disk into fooling the upgrader into installing a fresh copy of XP. I did this once with the copy of 98 I got from my uncle.....

Dragonius85
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This is because Windows XP Pro cannot be downgraded to Windows XP Home. You will need to reformat the drive again to allow Windows XP Home to be installed.

ArchiAngel
Re: Formatted my hard drive by mistake

[quote=giname2]Hi I need HEELP. I had windows xp home edition on my computer since I got it then i had a very bad error while trying to reinstall my windows and then a friend of mine gave me his windows but is the professional edition which I dont like very much so I installed on my computer I by mistake format my hard drive and now I dont know what to do I dont have the restore cds...... PLEASE HELP[/quote]

 

Microsoft Website has full version of any Windows you need.

NO matter which Version of Windows you had previously your computer's COA code, which is tied in to your computer's internal Serial number, never changes and the COA sticker should either be directly on your computer or in the computer's Windows documenation and you always enter that COA and not the COA that might be attached to a borrowed copy's documentation

Of course this applies to PC's OEMed with a Windows System (99.99% of PCs in world) and not a MAC or Dinosaur DOS PC that had to install a "Windows Suite". In that case the COA is embedded in the program itself and it will call for it's install disks for vallidation during major overhauls.

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