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Old 18th May 2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hi guys

A bit of a long shot I know, but I thought I'd ask here anyway. As some of you may know, my dad passed away a couple of months ago. His relatively new Tiny PC, (I know, I know!), was completely virus ridden and needs sorting so we can get my mum online. However, to do so, you need a specific disc to unlock the Windows XP partition. The company that took over their support wants £99 for one of these, so I was hoping that one of you fellow Brits might have one that they could burn me a copy of. It's either that or install 98SE and spend weeks tracking down drivers...

Thanks in advance.
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Old 18th May 2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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Al,
I might be able to help if only I understood your question.
Do you want to reinstall XP?
Was it not activated? I'm not sure what should be unlocked on that partition.

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Old 18th May 2006, 05:52 PM   #3
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Tiny computers need a special CD to unlock the hidden partition where Windows is stored, (from what I can tell, standard practice on PCs these days ), so you can reformat and reinstall the OS from scratch. This disk didn't come with the machine, you had to buy it separately, but Tiny have now gone bust.
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Old 18th May 2006, 05:58 PM   #4
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Right, I know nothing about these Tiny things but:
If a partition is hidden, there is AFAIK nothing that can keep you from unhiding it with http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
BootIt is a nifty tool. You need a floppy or a cd drive to run it from at startup.

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Old 18th May 2006, 06:03 PM   #5
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For normal PC’s:
Unzip the file to a floppy or cd.
Boot the PC with that disk.
A menu will appear, no need to let the software install itself. (Run from floppy or CD)
Let me know if you get that far and I’ll try to guide you trough the process.
If not, well…you’ll need the real thing.

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Old 18th May 2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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I suspect this will be long and involved...

It's tempting just to give my mum my old iBook, but I suspect once she gets used to it, I'll never get it back!
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Old 18th May 2006, 06:09 PM   #7
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Hmm...as you like.
But once you got the files on disk and are able to start up the Tiny PC, it's only a few clicks away.
Nevermind, do what you think is best.

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Old 18th May 2006, 06:13 PM   #8
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Downloading now!

:edit: Now all I have to do is find a floppy- not easy for a confirmed mac user!
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Old 18th May 2006, 06:44 PM   #9
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Right, I downloaded and expanded it, used the .exe program to create a boot disk, but the PC just ignores it when I restart and goes straight to windows.
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Old 18th May 2006, 06:49 PM   #10
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Arrgh!!! Can I just install Tiger on this D**ned machine!
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