I am a support technician at a local support center, and hence quite often need to perform OS Repairs (not reimages) in order to replace corrupted system files. That being the case, I have ran into a major issue with a lot of these machines being the OEM versions of XP...
When I attempt to perform a REPAIR from an XP Home or Professional Retail CD, I am prompted to enter the Product Key. As this is a retail disc, it will only accept a retail key.
I know that the setupp.ini file designates which version the CD is, however what I would like to find out is what the particular keys are so that I could create a few repair discs that will actually accept the owner's key without needing to perform a complete reimage or spending an hour manually copying files in order to get the system working again.
Is there a way to extract these values from the computers' respective registries and then make a few custom discs?
If not, what I need are the values that need to be entered for the following OEMs.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as all of the machines that we personally sell come solely with restore discs, not an actual OS Install Disc which really shoots me in the foot and shoves my... nevermind about that second part.
If this is not really an issue, then is there a way to get an XP Install CD to perform an OS Repair using the computer's existing product key rather than prompting for a new one? This should not really be an issue as the repair looks up the registration information, network card configurations, and a wide variety of other mindless things.
Any help is greatly appreciated and if there is anything that you need from now until the end of time, I will be in your debt.