I've got a new HP laptop, and once I removed all the default HP junk that's on there, it now has trouble booting. I'm intended to just reformat the thing completely and start fresh with a real installation of Windows, but before I do that I want to get in there and run a utility to find out what the Windows serial key is. But in order to do that, I need to be able to boot into it in the first place!
I've tried pressing F8 repeatedly, holding it down, etc., but it won't even give me any options to choose at all. It just tries booting Windows normally each time no matter how I try to press F8. So I'm wondering if there are any boot CDs out there that simply force Windows to go directly into Safe Mode. Surely this should be possible, but I'm not so sure if anyone's made that kind of utility. Obviously I'm looking for something I can find as an ISO image.
Is there any such disc available?