Ok, so I have a legal XP OEM license on an Gateway T2692.
Note: I do NOT believe in doing anything illegal, so an requests for Keys will be ignored and your comment will be deleted.
- The motherboard died and I replaced it.
- The restore CD was an image not the install files and it failed with a blue screen.
- I don’t have an OEM XP CD.
So I read that I can easily convert an XP Retail disk to an XP OEM disk, so here it goes.
Step 1 – Modifying the Originally CD Files
- Copy the XP HOME w/SP3 Retail disk contents to a folder.
- Copythe i386\SETUPP.INI file to SETUPP.INI.RETAIL
- Edit the i386\SETUPP.INI file.
Change it from this: (SETUPP.INI for Retail Versions)
[Pid] ExtraData=786F687170637175716954806365EF Pid=76477000
To this: (SETUPP.INI for OEM Versions)
[Pid] ExtraData=786F687170637175716954806365EF Pid=76477OEM
Note: Make sure you save your changes. You don’t won’t to burn the disk only to find you didn’t make the change and you still have a retail disk.
That should be enough to change the files of the CD into an OEM instead of a Retail disk.
Step 2 – Extract the boot sector
- Download and extract a boot sector extraction tool such as: http://www.nu2.nu/bbie/
- My drive was drive F:, so I ran
bbiewith the following syntax: (In Windows 7, I had to open the command prompt as administrator.)
- Copy the image1.bin to the directory where you copied your XP CD files.
You now have the boot sector extracted.
Step 3 – Building and Burning the CD
- You need burning software that will create a bootable XP CD. If you don’t have burning software, download and install http://cdburnerxp.se, which is what I am going to use, but Nero and other burning applications can do this as well.
- Open your burning software and choose the option to create a new data disc.
- Name your new disk this: GRTMHOEM_EN
- From the CDBurnerXP menu, click on Disk | Boot options and configure your boot options as follows:
Use the image1.bin file.
Emulation Type = No Emulation (NT/2000/XP boot images)
ISO Level = ISO9660:1999 (unrestricted)
Load Segments = 7C0 (or 07C0, same thing)
Loaded Sectors = 4
Enable [Check] ISO version number extension
Disable [Uncheck] Enforce level 1
- Now from the folder where your disk files were extracted, drag all the files to the new data disk.
Yes, I did follow this guide, so you have to give credit where credit is due: http://www.dtraylor.com/blog/?page_id=40
- Make sure you have a blank CD in the drive.
- Click Burn.
- Select Let me choose Advanced Settings.
- Choose Disk at once.
- Click Burn Disk.
You now have a working XP Home w/SP3 OEM CD.
Step 4 – Testing the CD
- Boot off the CD and run through the installer.
- Enter the OEM product key when prompted.
- If it works, you really have an OEM CD, if not you don’t.
I have to be honest, even though I knew the right settings I clicked one of them wrong the first time and made a coaster out of my CD. But I repeated my steps and the CD booted.
SWEET, MY OEM KEY WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!