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WinXP Pro Corruption - retreiving key

by Gerardo_U / June 7, 2007 2:09 AM PDT

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.

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by Gerardo_U / June 7, 2007 9:31 AM PDT
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Thanks, very informative article, I'll give that a try.

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