my computer is loading as a vista but its really an xp!?? RRS feed

  • Question

  • So ive had this old computer for some time, and we had bought a new one so this one has just been sitting around not being used. Once the new one flat died on us, we plugged this old baby in, and its loading up as vista but the modem is a windows xp media center edition 2006. I'm not sure what happen to it or anything, but the whole screen is black and on the right bottom corner it says Windows Vista (TM) build 6001 This copy of windows is not genuine, and an activation product key pops up. i dont have any of the drivers for this old computer but i have the ones for the computer that recently died on us. Any help?

    Sunday, December 9, 2012 1:15 AM


  • You'll probably have to reinstall the original OS that came with the machine

    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
    (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
     Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
     To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
      - **in your own thread**, please
    Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

    If you can't access the desktop....
    If you do not have access to the Start Button:
     1) Login to Vista and click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.
     2) Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.
     3) A window will come up asking if you want to “Run” or “Save”, Select “Run”
     4) When the program runs, click the “Continue” button, then click the “Copy” button (IGNORE any error messages at this point).
     5) Return to this thread
    6) In a reply post, paste the Diagnostic Report (by right-click select Paste or by using Ctrl+V)

    Note that you can download the tool to another machine and then save it to a USB stick, then run it from there on the affected machine.

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:42 AM