Well so far no good. I was able to boot up with the BartPE disk and edit the registry. The following were set:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\CmdLine (setup -newsetup)
I set all to 0 except for the CmdLine which I changed to null
This allowed the computer to boot and load windows, however when it got to the point of choosing the User, it came up with the registration screen.
I tried putting in the product key and regenerating the identification code but it came back with nothing. I tried contact MS but got the usual runaround about paying for support, blah blah blah.
I found a topic about the unattend.txt file on the installation cd having the product code so opened that on my recovery disk and copied that code. I went back to reboot and get back to the registration screen but go the following error:
A Problem is Preventing Windows from Accurately Checking the License for this Computer
So I went back to the setup that was in progress and used that code as the product key. It is now continuing. So that's where I am right now. As long as XP reinstalls I should be able to ge back to where I was, I hope. I may have problem with the activation screen again but will respond after I get through this process.
Well it got through the install but now it want's to activate windows and the product key is not being accepted and the automated process won't work either. Going to now explore getting around the activation message, and before anyone chimes in about this being illegal, this is a OEM computer that was previously activated and registered. I can't help it MS recovery is a POS!
Resuming thought process now.....
Edited by drdx, 11 February 2010 - 01:38 PM.