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Unhappy Reinstall of Windows XP failed - 10-01-2011, 03:37 PM

Following a problem with accessing the web via my router - [it worked on others] was advised ( by PC World the vendor) to reinstall Windows XP.

The product key is worn off so not available
but I have the CD's. Accessed the reinsdtallation cd
( 1. XP home edition 2.Drivers and utilities. 3. Webcam.)

Windows seems to start but then asks me to activate via Microsoft when I say yes the screen goes blank.
What to do next??

I would like to do a factory reset if possible.
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Cool 10-01-2011, 04:40 PM

well, 1st of all the Mini 9's do not have a restore partition, so that is out, you might try to contact Dell and see if they will give you the Windows Product key for your system, there are also 3rd party programs that will also give you the key provding you still have access to Windows, Windows XP Manager and Windows 7 Manager have that capability and I believe a program like SIW will also do it, these are NOT free programs but there might be free ones also....Good Luck

PS. Welcome to the forum....

BTW: What I did with my Mini 10 is I covered the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) with a large piece of clear tape to protect it from that exact problem you have)....

Dell Mini 10 (Obsidian Black 1010), 2gb RAM, 1.66ghz 533mhz FSB (Z530) processor, A10 BIOS, 1 Terabyte (1000 GB) WD Scorpio Blue Hard Drive (5400rpm), Intel GMA 500 Integrated Graphics, TV Tuner, Bluetooth 2.1 module with EDR, 1.3mp Camera, 1366x768 HD Screen, Wireless 1510 b/g/n mini card, 6 cell (56WHr) Battery, 4gb SDHC, 64gb Flashdrive, Targus Netbook Chillpad, Targus Sport Case, Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (500gb)/Windows 8.1 (500gb) (Dual Boot)

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