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Reinstalling Windows on a Dell Dimension 2400 Part II

I eventually got around to installing XP on my friends Dimension 2400. As he did not have any restore CD’s, I had to use a copy of XP that I had myself. The install itself went fine, and after about an hour or so I had a working install. The only problem was that XP wanted to be activated. As the product key was an OEM one, it’s not going to activate. So now I’m stuck. I can either use a crack to bypass the activation, or I can try to get a copy of the restore cd’s.

As this is a perfectly legal install, I’d prefer not to resort to have to use a crack. On the other hand, there doesn’t seem to be any way to order restore CD’s from the Dell website.

I have created an image of the hard-drive, so I can restore that back if I need to, but that isn’t going to do a whole lot except get me back to square one.

I’ll have to think about this one a bit, and see if there is anyway that I can get the original Dell OS back onto the system.

Creating Your Own Disk Images – Why And How

My old system has been sitting unused on my desk for the last couple of months. Part of the reason that I wasn’t using it was that I had installed Windows Server 2003 on it with the intention of using it as a web and backup server for my home LAN. The problem was that I had never used Windows 2003 before, so I was spending more time reading about configuration options, rather than actually configuring it.

Previously I had tried installing Linux on it but found that trying to get Samba, Apache, PHP and all the other pieces I needed to work was also too much hassle. Eventually I gave it up as not so much a bad idea, but just an idea that I didn’t have time to fully research and implement. I’d love to have the time to delve further into the Linux idea, but for the time being it’s not to be.

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