Looking for a little help on this one...
I recently got a Trojan Virus on my laptop. I tried several methods to remove it and decided to wipe the drive clean and install a fresh copy of XP on the laptop. It is a few years old and had been running poorly for quite sometime, needed to do it anyways.
The copy of windows that came with the pc was the typical OEM bundled version on Toshiba disks. I did not want to load all the extra crap that was bundled on the discs so I used another XP Home Edition disk to install XP. When I went to register the copy with the key provided with my laptop it did not work. So I did the following:
Click Start, and then click Run.2.In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.3.In the left pane, locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
4.In the right pane, right-click OOBETimer, and then click Modify.5.Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows.6.Click Start, and then click Run.7.In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK. %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
8.Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next.9.Click Change Product key.10.Type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click Update.
If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me later, and then restart the computer.11.Repeat steps 6 and 7 to verify that Windows is activated. You receive the following message: Windows is already activated. Click OK to exit.
12.Click OK.13.Install Windows XP SP1 or a later version of Windows XP.
This still did not allow me to use the key that was provided with my laptop. Any suggestions on validating the key that I have? It is not a corporate edition and it is a valid key not a generated or downloaded one.