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    My XP Home got corrupted on my Gateway box and I could not locate the restore disks. A friend comes over and installs a copy of his XP Home on my system. Later that week, I found my restore disks and started to reload all of my apps and drivers. While loading them I started encountering some oddities of which I would like to understand.
    First, I got some messages that said "The service patches you are installing are older than the operating system to which you are installing them". I figured my friends version was newer than mine, but what I dont understand is why patches for XP would be on a Gateway restore disk?
    Secondly, after reloading both my Gateway apps disks, I rebooted my computer (with the restore disks removed) and an upgrade screen appeared. It started trying to upgrade things by putting either a green check or a red "x" on each item listed on the screen. Since there were no disks in the computer, I am unclear as to what happened. I believe my friends version may be downloaded from a newsgroup and might have additional stuff that has been added to the disk.
    Sorry for the lengthy post,I am just trying to understand what was happening. Thanks for any responses.

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    ID just reinstall it with your Rescue disks and eliminate al these issues. After all, using your friends copy is illegal, unless you used your serial code

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    I used my registration numbers. I had the presence of mind to stick the decal with the code on it to the side of my tower case. I will probably follow your suggestion, but I am still curious as to what was happening.:)

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    Its probably drivers, and the drivers may be older than XP's, and XP may have built in drivers for evrything.But thats just a stab in the dark

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    where did he get his version from?
    That is the main question.
    OEM keys wont work with Retial CD and vice versa. :eek:

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    Downloaded from a newsgroup. The disk has several versions on it. I entered my product code and the install proceeded. I do get a registration message, but I may have gotten that before, I just dont remember.

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    downloaded from a newsgroup? even if you used your own CD-key you are asking for trouble. Either use your own disks or find someone with a legit cd that matches the version your key is made for and borrow their CDs (not their cd-key)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    I am going to install my version and do a complete redo. If the registration nag message comes back again, I will just re-register it.

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    most probable thing that comes to my mind is that your friend got a slip-streamed CD with updated patches. now when you try to install with your CD it is giving you errors cos Windows recognises the dll's and thus patches on your CD to be older than what is already installed.
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    I doubt that anyone would bother slipstreaming a OEM CD, as the install directory isnt the same as retail. You would have to get into their setup etc.
    Something is funny about this.
    Also the regirstration of the "newsgroup CD" will probably get you in trouble, as they can tell its not OEM but something else.
    Use the restore CDs. Than go and update what is needed. Forget the friends way, its not a good idea, and since you got your CDs back, why bother.

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