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win2k w/o win2k cd, needs repair ?

I just got a computer from a cx and he got it from his old work company. The computer is running win2k and from what I seen with XP this pc needs to have a repair done. From my experience with xp when running a repair the key is needed. This is a custom built pc not an OEM (such as dell, HP, etc) With the OEM all I would have to do is put in an OEM cd and run the repair the key is built into the SLIC.

Well I got this 2k machine and have an old 2k install cd, but if I run a repair on this machine will it ask for the key ? I don't know the original key of this machine. If need by I will pull it out of the HDD. I guess I was wondering if I would put in a 2k cd and start a repair if it would go and take the key already installed on the computer and let the repair run.

The computer goes to the 2k screen and the box below fills up and it will start to get to the desktop and then reboot. I know it needs a repair completed. I'm not to sure how to go with this. I got a few ideas but just running the repair would be the easiest. Just curious if anyone has any other ideas. Thanks for everyone's help...
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Joel Bud
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rindiCommented:
Can you boot into safe mode? If yes, run SIW and that will list all the product keys. Otherwise boot the PC with a UBCD4WIN and run SIW from that CD (It is included), and that should also list your keys.

http://gtopala.com
http://ubcd4win.com

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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
no safe mode it will load and then reboot right at the desktop screen....
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
I should be able to pull off the keys. I guess if I were to use an old 2k cd when i repair it will it prompt me for the key or will the repair just run. I think in the past when I ran a repair on XP when it gets to that point it will ask for the key unless it is an OEM. I just wanted to make sure its the same for 2k. I also looked at them websites. That software looks really helpful, thanks.

If I just cant run the repair with out putting in the key again then I will use that freeware and go from there. I was hoping I would just be able to put in 2k cd and run the repair without it asking for the key. It would make life way easy....I think that UBCD should be very helpful...Thanks...
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rindiCommented:
I don't think win2k will ask for the key but I'm not sure. It's better to try to extract all the keys before starting by using the UBCD4WIN (it'll also extract other keys like those for Office and other apps that are installed, like nero etc.).
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
all right sweet. I made a clean backup of the HDD anyhow so even if it asks for the key I can just restore using my backup. I also found alot of viruses on it but cleaned them with AVG and bitdefender and then put the old HDD back in and was hoping it would boot but no luck.

I gota run to class once I get back home I will pull the keys and then try the repair and see what happens from there. I'll get a hold of you shortly...Thanks rindi....

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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
I have a backup I'm going to just try and run the repair and see what happens worse case it wont work and I'll have to use acronis restore it wont solve the problems but it would bring the HDD back to the way it was when I got it...If that fails then I will look into building that cd/dvd UBCD4WIN and see how it goes from there.

Is that CD tuff to build. I printed out the FAQs I just have to read them to get familiar with it all. Thanks
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rindiCommented:
No, it's easy. All you need is an XP installation CD (not OEM I believe), and then you run the downloaded executable. You can then select what apps you want included, along with driver packs, and update the definitions for AV software etc., and once you have done all those selections, you start the build process. You'll get an ISO file and that you can then burn to CD using a Burning utility that can burn CD images, like CDBurnerXP.

http://cdburnerxp.se/
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
repair solved the issue. I ran a repair and selected manual and let it run it gave me a few error files and I went thru them and after the repair was completed it reboot and went to desktop and is now asking for log in info. This cx must of had it hooked up to a domain cause its asking for domain login in order to get to desktop. I'll have to ask him what the deal is. It is further then before.

I will also take your advice on them Cd's and make that image, i believe it will come in handy down the road. I will just leave this question open until later tonight in case something comes up. I believe we are all set here...Thanks for your time rindi...
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
well the good news I'm able to get back to the login screen. The bad news is when I log in with the cx password. The user is Administrator and pass is password well it tells me it cant log me on cause it cant find the win2k domain.

I spoke with the cx who has a small home network with a wireless laptop and this desktop he knows nothing about a domain and has used this computer before at his home. I'm unable to log in using safe mode and also regular. I dont think the windows repair cd has anything to do with this. When I'm at the login screen it doesn't give me any option to use the local computer. my options are to log in and shut down basically. I'm at a standstill again. I'm going to need to research into this. I don't know what gives....

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