New to this place, but need help with computer...
Long story short, Advantech ARK-3390-1S6A1E computer used for a KIOSK had a boot issue, missing or corrupt NTFS.SYS file.
Fixed that by booting to command prompt copying file from Windows XP Disk. After restart, computer froze at Windows XP splash screen.
Booted to Windows XP disc, effected repair. Same results. Ran CHKDSK from Windows XP Disc and now the computer boots to "Windows Product Activation" dialog box. "This copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Please ask a computer administrator to activate Windows on this computer" I click OK, "Windows XP Logging off..." screen and then back to same activation dialog. Click OK, same results over and over again.
I tried booting to "Safe Mode" and get the same results. No matter what I try, I cannot get past the dialog box regardless of safe mode options or regular boot.
I can use a Bart's PE boot disc if necessary to get in an edit any files I need to.
Any suggestions for help would be greatly appreciated.
mac_shinobi (25th April 2014)
Windows XP, Sorry, I thought I mentioned that.
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Also, I am using SLACKO or Puppy to boot if necessary.
Don't use xp instead use windows 7.
gwendes (28th April 2014)
eRD commander boot disk and system restore ? To an earlier time (if it's enabled)
Windows XP is Dead
Long live Windows 7!
I'll third that. Interesting to see the general sentiment of the replies is Windows 7 no mention of the horrid Windows 8!
I'm a one mandate band in my school with some 200 client devices - no budget for replacement kit so recently I've spent a heap of time upgrading memory and OS from XP to Windows 7. Delighted to say XP is now history in our school.
8.11 isn't too bad, but windows 8.12/windows 8.2/windows 9 should be better with the new start menu coming!
This computer was setup to work with a KIOSK a few years back. The manufacturer of the KIOSK as well as the manufacturer of software solution (customized database) have since gone out of business. Since both are gone, if I cannot get this computer recovered, the owner will have to buy new KIOSK (outdoor kiosk, minimum $12,000) and new software solution (minimum $10,000). Why XP, trying to save some coin for my customer.
Thank you for your time.
What does the kisok machine do - does it just present a set of information menus or something? How big is the screen?
Depending on how the kiosk software works, you could try and copy the software off on to a working Windows XP (or Windows 7 / 8 might be a better option) machine - copy the actual executable from the harddrive of the current kiosk machine.
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