I'm trying to format and reinstall Windows XP on a Dell 4300 for a friend. When I booted the computer up - A trial version of Windows XP Pro SP2 disk was in the drive and in the middle of set up. Problem is - I don't have an upgrade product key - and would just like to stop this set up. I have a legit copy of XP Pro or Home to install - but I can't get this set up to stop. When I attempt to boot from the Home or XP Pro disks (not the upgrade) - it either asks for the Upgrade disk - or errors 'Primary hard disk drive 1 not found - Strike f1 to continue, F2 to run setup utility.'
I have changed the boot sequence, enabled/disabled the hard drive - all to no avail.
So either I need an upgrade product key to finish this install so I can then put the legit copy on - or stop this install and try a new install/format with the other disks. This upgrade disk says it's a 120 day free trial - but I'm not finding a trial product key online. Any ideas?