I am trying to resurrect an old Compaq Presario 2200 computer that we
bough new in 1988. My 12 year old son spotted it in the ba *** t and
is interested in having it for his room. It powered up but the disk
had been wiped when it was temporarily used in another system. I used
the recovery disk to restore it and all went well until I rebooted....
It turns out that it is unusable until I feed it the long lost MS
Certificate of Authenticity number that came with the system. I have
been on the phone for hours with Compaq and they finally gave me a
phone number that turned out to be an M$ paid support number.
Before I pay or give up, I figured I would ask here if there is an
easy way around this problem.
Thanks for any help.