I inherited a mess, and I've run into a wall trying to resolve it. Hopefully y'all can help me out.
It's a home made tower running XP Pro. It started with a P-4 and 2GB of RAM. The owner decided to upgrade to an AMD Phenom, new MB & 4GB of RAM. Getting Windows to accept its new hardware is the basis of the problem.
Here's what happened: I was able to get all of the appropriate drivers installed, but was still getting a 0x7e stop error so I decided to perform a repair install of Windows. At about that time, the Windows activation notice changed to a demand that I boot to 'normal' Windows and activate right now and it wouldn't allow further access to Windows until I did. Well, I had 'safe Mode with networking' set in the boot tab in the system configuration utility and was unable to change that setting when the activation app shut me out of Windows. Now, the repair install is half completed and the PC keeps booting into Safe mode then telling me that setup can't continue and it's rebooting. I edited the boot.ini to remove the safeboot notation, but there must be something in the registry that needs to be changed, too.
What I need is direction on what key(s) need to be changed and a reminder on how to edit the registry using another PC's copy of regedit.
I have to run an errand, but will be back in time for tip-off. I'll reply to any posts then.