Reinstalling Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Ryvius, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Ryvius macrumors member

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    Here goes...

    Initially setup my Windows partition using the WinXP OEM cd that came with my old Dell. I had thought I could use the Product Key to my WinXP Upgrade I purchased for a home made PC. (It didn't have SP2 and required my Win98 to verify I was upgrading -- can't eject the CD until the mac Drivers are in)

    Thus I have to reinstall because Microsoft thinks I'm a pirate.

    So here's what I've done: I took my Windows XP Upgrade CD, slipstream SP2 into it, and then copied my Win98 CD into the XP so that I can just hit "enter" to verify I do in fact have 98.

    Sp2, all data on one DVD, seems like it'll work -- here's my snag:

    I tried booting from the DVD but when the "Boot from CD?" question came up and I tried hitting a few buttons to activate, nothing happened

    Then I went back into Bootcamp and had it reinitialize the installation. Same deal.

    Windows is already installed, I was hoping to merely reformat the partition and do a clean install using my upgrade Product Key -- but I can't seem to do that.

    Anyone know what the problem could be?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Just seems like you didn't make the DVD properly bootable. Did you follow the instructions from the slipstreaming guide you followed on how to do so?

    I don't know of any way to "clean up" the product key without a full reinstall...

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  3. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    You can change the product key even though Windows is already installed. (No need to completely reinstall everything.)
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328874

     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Great tip! I wonder if that'll really allow you to switch a product key from OEM to retail/upgrade or just to a different one that would work for the same media...

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  5. Ryvius thread starter macrumors member

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    I just tried it, but it wouldn't take my upgrade Product Key. :( The Dell OEM slipstream thing must really be airtight.

    Any times to ensure the disc is bootable? I'm using Magic ISO and have the "Make Bootable" option clicked...

    ...and in case this fails, where's the cheapest way to pick up a clean WinXP SP2 OEM? Newegg is selling them for 90 bucks a pop.
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    1) I think it's just a case that the different keys work for different media types. OEM/Retail and Upgrade each have their own install media and thus different keys.

    2) You could always try nlite http://www.nliteos.com/ for the slipstreaming and ISO creation

    3) $89 with a Vista upgrade coupon from Newegg is about as good as it gets from a reputable vendor.

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