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a few questions:

1) where is the reg key that makes xp restart on a blue screen?

2) where is the reg key that makes xp do a chkdsk on next reboot?

3) is there a way of telling which version of xp a cd key goes to? (home upgrade, home full, pro upgrade, pro full, pro corporate)

4) is there a way of telling whether a computer has xp pro or xp home if the system can't boot, but the hard drive has the os intact?

right now i can extract cd keys, but can't tell if its xp home or pro or corporate?
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Hi:

>>2)where is the reg key that makes xp do a chkdsk on next reboot?

Chkdsk Runs Each Time That You Start Your Computer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;316506

Click Start >Run >type "regedit" and hit "enter"
go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

Double click the "BootExecute" value, and remove all the entries


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Hello,

1) for the BSoD:

Go to start, run, sysedit
 
Search for the section named [386Enh]

Insert these two lines.

MessageTextColor=7
MessageBackColor=1

The first line changes the text color and the second line is the background.  Refer below for the different color codes that you can use.

0 - Black
1 - Blue
2 - Green
3 - Cyan
4 - Red
5 - Magenta
6 - Yellow/brown
7 - White
8 - Gray 9 - Bright blue
A - Bright green
B - Bright cyan
C - Bright red
D - Bright magenta
E - Bright yellow
F - Bright white

2)  The value for chkdsk is found here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\CONTROL\Session Manager\BootExecute

Chkdsk /f /r, for example, schedules itself to be run on the next system reboot, by adding an entry into the BootExecute value:

autocheck autochk /r \??\C:

Hope that helps!

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oh..correction...

>>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
Double click the "BootExecute" value, and remove all the entries

**remove the entries ONLY if u wanna disable it...

sorry...

mc


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For question #4, what you can do is use an XP disk to get to the recovery console, navigate to the windows/system32/ directory and use the "more" command to display the eula.txt file on the screen.  Scroll to the end of this file and you should see a line that resembles this:

EULAID:WX.4_PRO_RTL_EN or XPSP1_RM.1_PRO_OEM_EN.  This will tell you that you have the WinXP Pro (PRO) or the Corporate (OEM) version.  I assume that WinXP Home would be similar.  

If you can log onto a machine, you can check this by going to start, run, winver.  From there, select the EULA link and scroll down the text file to the end to get this info.  

Hope this helps a bit!
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Correction....

Retail and Corporate would both say WX.4_PRO_RTL_EN.  OEM version would say OEM as in the above example.  sorry....
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so there is no way of telling corporate from pro?

is there a regkey that i can change to stop a computer from restarting on a blue screen?
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by:Paul S
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i found the answer to my first question here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=http://bink.nu/Forums/ShowPost.aspx%3FPageIndex%3D2%26PostID%3D4688&e=7764

anybody know the answer to the second?
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by:Paul S
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thanks everyone for the help. i found the answers my self to a the rest of them and qfren gave me the answer to the chkdsk question.
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