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Reinstalling Windows 2000

I gave my wife my old computer that had Windows 2000 on it.  It had a lot of crap she didn't need and I thought I'd start off fresh, so I grabbed my Windows 2000 cd, put it in, booted from the cd, had it erase and format the drive, and then begin the installation process.  The computer rebooted, installed some files, and then it asked for the CD key.  It won't take it.  It keeps telling me its invalid.  I've used this cd before, obviously, so whats going on??

When the comp rebooted, it did give some message about primary boot sector failed to load or something, but I pressed F1 and it continued on with the installation.  I removed another drive that was in the computer because I believed it was failing.  Is there something I need to change in the BIOS?
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AzraSound
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CallandorCommented:
It sounds like you need to change the boot priority in the BIOS.  The drive you removed was probably what it was set to.
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
Is this going to resolve the CD key issue as well?
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CallandorCommented:
I think the error is a red herring - Windows expects that you have a bootable drive; once that is no longer valid, all bets are off.  I tend to deal with the obvious erros first, in case they cause secondary errors.
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jonoakleyCommented:
Are you sure this is the same CD you used for the previous installation? MS has different  registration codes for different versions of the 2K CD. So an OEM CD will not install using a full version code. Some codes are even SP specific.
Is is possible you have more than one CD and the cases got mixed up?
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
It's the only 2k CD I have.
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joedoe58Commented:
I know this is a dumb thing to say but I will still say it. Did you check that you entered the code correctly? I have sometimes asked someone else to enter the code since I am convinced I did not make a misstake but still did.
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
Yes, I looked it over many times, and even made some adjudtments just to be sure my eyes weren't tricking me (changed D to O, etc).  Its the weirdest thing...
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joedoe58Commented:
Did you try the suggestion from Callandor. Please provide some more info about the error message so we can see that this is not the issue here.
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
I'll have access to the computer in a few hours when I get home from work.  I'll update you guys once I implement Callandor's suggestion.  Thanks.
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
Fiddling with the BIOS didnt change anything.  Still got the invalid password message.  I gave in and just put in the other drive that was still formatted with Windows already installed and started cleaning it up...removing programs, deleting files, etc.  

However, I went to install SP4 and it crashed halfway...seems the netstat.exe was nowhere to be found on the system?  Anyways, now the computer goes into the constant rebooting mode.  As its starting up, the blue screen of death flashes briefly and it reboots.  I've tried going into the Recovery Console and running fixboot and fixmbr and chkdsk and still no luck.  Any ideas on how to get this comp up and running??
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CallandorCommented:
Try a repair install: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;292175

There's something strange about that CD if it won't accept the key.
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AzraSoundAuthor Commented:
Ended up buying XP...and I agree, something must be wrong with the CD.
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jonoakleyCommented:
Too bad nobody suggested that particular idea
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