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    Suspicious Windows XP x86 Installer Behaviour

    This past summer I attempted to install Windows XP on 3 separate older computers and each gave unusual problems like the wireless couldn't be made to work or simple features within Windows function. The installation were attempted using different, but same key, corporate disks so its not just a bad disk. In each case it was a clean reformatted disk and the format was done by the installation.
    In September I tried in another computer but reset the Bios to an earlier date like something in 2004 and the installation went perfectly. I have used this corporate version at work on well over a hundred computers since 2002 and never experienced problems like this. Has anyone else observed this behavior?
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    Is the hardware similar on these problematic machines?

    I wonder if there is a driver required for that hardware which is being signed by an expired certificate. By setting the BIOS date to 2004, you may be fooling the system to think that it is within the valid period of the cert.

    I think it is possible to disable driver signing in XP, but it's not something I've tried.
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    Sounds like an issue with the volume license. See if anything here helps.
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    The hardware was similar in age. There were some with P4 single cores, a few with P4 HT and another was an HP with an AMD cpu. Two were custom builds and another was a Dell. I'll look into the driver signing.
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    I pasted the link in anew tab and it brought up a google search of Windows secrets "windows xp articles from current to way back. I looked at entries as far back as early 2005 and found nothing similar
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    It's probably another MS "feature". I'd try to work around it. What happens when you reset the bios to the current date after a perfect install when set to 2004 ?? Will it update ?? Can you install any Service Packs from CD ??
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    After a perfect install I did reset to the current date and all worked fine. The installation disks were copies of a slip steam CD containing SP2 I created several years ago. I made the copies then to guard against future faulty disks. All were known good disks. I also tried the original Windows XP SP1 disk and got the same odd behavior. Updating from service pack disk seems to work well.
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