So, I decided to use my old Windows XP disk to do a repair installation not knowing that it would change the product key. I still could not log in safe mode or normal mode. I finally found an option to create a bootable virus disk using Avira. This cleaned the infecion but I could only boot into safe mode. I could not boot into normal mode because it wanted me to activate Windows which is due to the previous reinstallations I did on my old computer. I am trying to avoid this because I really don't want to give away my Windows XP disk.
I have since read that the product key on the back of my nephews eMachine is a generic one the manufactures use. I tried to do a uninstall but it does not show a previous installation.
I had a bad feeling about the repair installation and should have taken more time to look for options to clean it.
The model number is a T2742.
So here is my question; Can I delete the activation key in the registry and could the fact I can only log into safe mode be the reason I cannot find a back up installation?
Any help would be appreciated!
Edited by 1776blues, 29 January 2010 - 06:41 PM.