I have 64-bit Windows Business SP2. After years of good operation, interrupted only by an occasional BSOD, last night it suddenly grew a syskey. And before you ask, no I haven't allowed a scammer to modify access my UAC or modify my registry. But I believe that one way or another, my registry has been modified. Whenever I boot, whether in Safe Mode or normal Windows, I get the message "This computer is configured to require a password in order to start up. Please enter the startup password below."
Having read the excellent bleepingcomputer posts about syskey, I located my Windows install disk, and inserted it into the drive. It's a retail install disk, purchased with my new computer in 2007, and I have the license key. I also configured my BIOS boot device priority to boot from the CD before the hard disk. However, the boot from the install disk isn't working. Whether I select Safe Mode or normal Windows startup, after the list of .sys files or the Microsoft Windows animation respectively, the CD drive lights up and the disk whirs for a short time, then I get the syskey prompt. I can't get as far as the language choice and the ability to click Repair your computer.
I have an ASUS P5K E3270 motherboard, with 4 Gb memory. My BIOS is v02.58 from AMI.
Based on the posts I've read, I don't want to go the Linux repair route, because the posts indicate that removing the syskey that way may damage my system.
Is there any way to get the (bleeping) Windows install disk to boot?