Hi all, I’m back with further PC questions.
I am currently trying to install XP on my Imac using Boot Camp. All was going well until I realised I couldn’t find my original XP Box with the product key on it. After several fruitless hours of searching I decided to retrieve the hard drive from my old PC.
This was my master hard drive and had the same copy of XP on it. So I would have used the product key that I now require. I have not deleted the OS from the drive or formatted it or anything, so it’s all still there.
So I take it to a friend’s house and with his permission install the HD as a slave drive on his P4. Hooray. Now, I shuffle online to find out where the product key might be kept. It’s apparently encrypted in the registry someplace. Bugger. Never mind, there a few programs available that will retrieve it. Fine. But they can only retrieve the key from the OS that they are activated in. Since we’ve booted from my friend’s hard drive with his OS on it, that’s not going to help.
So I need to know how to change it so the machine boots from my HD, so that I can go in and retrieve the key. Then, obviously, change it back again so that my friend can boot from his own HD.
I tentatively fiddled with some settings in the BIOS, but have limited experience dabbling in those particular black arts, so after a few unsuccessful attempts I reset everything I had changed (wrote it down) and came straight here .
So, since most of my PC related questions posted here turn out to have perversely obvious solutions and are answered within 3-4 replies, who wants to make me :smack: first?