I have gotten myself into a mess with this one. My friends XP Pro computer locked up solid on a windows update. The only solution that seemed open to me was to do an XP repair install which I did. I think the machine had XP3 on it but I used an XP2 disk to do the repair install which may be the problem.
Right now, it goes to a login screen. When I login with correct password, it says it can't be used until XP is registered. I click 'Yes' and it goes to a blank desktop (with friends wallpaper on it) but nothing works at all. It doesn't ask me to register the software, ctrl-alt-del doesn't work, nor does the windows button on the keyboard, or alt-tab. I also tried a game cd to see would it pop on auto load but it didn't.
I can't go into safe mode as it has to be registered to go into safe mode.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.