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dfodonovan1957



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: restoring original operating system Reply with quote

hi every1
hope some1 can help me with this problem.
I have a 3 or 4 yr old HP Pavilion 451.uk desktop, some "whiz kid" decided to install xp professional and something called "whistler" (which are the only 2 options I have when booting up. I have no validation key for either of these systems therefore cant upgrade from windows update. However, the sticker with the original validation key is still on the tower). The original OS was xp home edition. I have noticed the drive is NTFS and not FAT32, could this be cos he has partioned the drive. Can I uninstall these 2 unwanted Os's without a recovery disk as I didnt get 1 with the pc and the seller says he didnt have 1 either. I wondered if there was a way to UNpartition the drive and access the original OS.
Here's hoping some1 can help
Thank u
Den
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you actually boot your computer to windows?

Can you boot in safemode?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can boot to windows xp professional, I am give n the option on boot up to choose whistler edition as well but when I choose that it just reboots.
Yes I can boot in safe mode.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, when you right click on 'My Computer'
Then choose 'manage',then click on 'Disk Management'
How does this report your hard drive?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, now we run into a lil problem lol
It's actually my girlfriend's old pc that her daughter now uses since she got broadband, so i wont be able to answer that till next time I'm at hers on tuesday. Cud add u to messenger if theres a safe/private way of doing it on here and we cud talk thru it then?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could send me PM's here but, best to share the progress
with the forum.

Also,look at the freeware at the below site.You may be better off
to show up armed with some software.See link below.

http://www.partition-recovery.com/download.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will u be online tues evening? i can nip between my girlfriend's and her daughters pc if i have to reboot it, as far as the link u gave me goes im afraid i wudnt know which i wud need to d/l. have done wot u suggested re disk management on mine so i know wot to do when i get to hers
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you could PM SoftStag.When I go online in the afternoon
5:30 in the US-->Georgia it is 11:30 at night in the UK and everyone
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok ty 4 your help anyway Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

street1 wrote:
Maybe you could PM SoftStag.When I go online in the afternoon
5:30 in the US-->Georgia it is 11:30 at night in the UK and everyone
has already gone beddy bye....COL! All the people here will help.
See the link to SoftStag below. SoftStag is my forum king!LOL

http://forum.technical-assistance.co.uk/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=3

haha... Thanks for the vote of confidence. Apologies for not being around much in the past week or so, I've been busy with some personal things.

Anyway, back to the problem...

If you have XP Pro, and Whistler installed, but you want to run the original XP Home then you will effectively need to wipe the hard drive and install XP Home (unless Street1 knows a way to restore a HP PC without a recovery disk). This means that you will need a copy of XP Home to do it. You say you have the license sticker with the code on the PC, so if you can get hold of a XP Home OEM CD then you can install it and use the product code on the sticker quite legally. In doing this you would lose everything on the PC, so it is essential any data is backed up first. Another option is to go on eBay and see if you can buy one, there are usually people selling HP recovery disks.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Street1

I have bought a genuine XP home edition on ebay, I realise I will lose all data on the hard drive, thats not a prob cos I can send it to my email a/c to d/l later. All I'm worried about is when the hard drive is wiped and I install the new windows xp, will it install the drivers for video card, graphics etc?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dfodonovan1957 wrote:
Hi Street1

I have bought a genuine XP home edition on ebay, I realise I will lose all data on the hard drive, thats not a prob cos I can send it to my email a/c to d/l later. All I'm worried about is when the hard drive is wiped and I install the new windows xp, will it install the drivers for video card, graphics etc?
Cheers Den

Some drivers will be there, others will need to be installed separately. You can get these from here:
HP Pavilion 451.uk Drivers
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