A second hand pc running WinXP Pro had a major crash & burn. It's now not bootable. Right before it goes into the WinXP boot logo, it goes into the old blue screen saying there was a major problem. The suggestions it gives is to try to in through safe mode (which I've done and the 'most recent working' doesn't work), or to disable the cache & bios updating before booting. Doing this allowed me to get a little further, just a little before the WinXP finishes booting.
So since this is no longer bootable, but the hard drive & motherboard seem to be intact, I was wondering if it's possible to retreive the original serial key it had. I have an original CD I can use to reinstall, but that key is already in use with another one of my computers. And since this is an old rebuild/second hand pc, it wasn't provided. They key on it should be good and not a copy since it passed all those Genuine tests the keep putting in the updates.
I use a CD utility to boot the PC (KNOPPIX), which allows me see/open/transfer all of the files on the hard drive. So I'm hoping there's a way I can search & retreive it that way.
Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly
Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?