Hello, Im in a pickle just now, our original XP Pro was working ok, then I allowed our daughters boyfriend to operate on the PC,
he removed heeps of software without my permission and also accessed the registery.
(He said he looked after his employers setup and several other systems).
The PC became wonky (slower) but still worked, then last week (about 6months after its 1st operation) it just would not shutdown.
We could restart it, but not before the scandisk chkdsk screen, then even that would not work.
This good chap said I needed to do a repair or repair setup to windows XP, he gave me a XP cd and said, this will do it, press F8 at the correct screen and allow it to do a repair only.
I saw it do all this, then a screen poped up asking for the KEY, I typed in the original XP Pro KEY and it came back stating that that was not the correct key.
So I rang my "so-called-tech " and he gave me a KEY.
After typing it in, the helpful voice on the phone said "you wont be going on the net will you?". An alarm bell went off in my head at this, then the computer poped up a message saying I have a pirated XP setup. Oh Ohhh I thought, but it was too late.
I freeked out, I thought my XP Pro was going to be repaired, not replaced by a pirated copy of XP, grrrrr
Now I cannot do a thing with it, the screen locks on this pirated screen.
So I guess Im asking is there any possible way to gain access to my original good registered XP Pro setup without formatting my HD, is there a way to recover from this disasterious sceranio. I could once get updates now I carnt do a thing.
Oh yes, the mouse pointer stopped working in the middle of the "repair"
Is there a way to get into windows or the Hard Drive and purge out the new XP and leave my original KP working. Can this be done in DOS? it is not NTFS format.