Hey guys, i have a sony laptop and i have backed up the oem files using oembioschangeer tool. Now that my original restore cds for this laptop have alot of bloatware, i want to make a slp restore cd that will only install xp pro oem sp3 without any extras. I can install the drivers etc., after the clean xp install. Now the problem is that I followed the instruction in the stickies to make a oem pro slp cd but for some reason, when the installation is finished it prompts me to activate windows. When i used the internet method of activating windows, it activates fine. However, i want it so that it should self activate upon installation. Now, this is what i'm doing. I have compressed the four oem bios files that i backed up from the original installation and i insert them into the i386 folder of the untouched xp pro sp3 retail. I also compressed the dpcdll.dll file and insert that in the same location as well and i insert the pidgen.dll file uncompressed. Now i insert the two files from the folder TEMP that i downloaded in the instructions, setupp.ini and winnt.sif file from the "PRO RETAIL to PRO OEM" folder. However i edit the setupp.ini file with the pid i got from my backup from this file: OEMBIOS.reg, and I also edit the winnt.sif file with the original oem key that came with my laptop. Then i compile the cd using the provided makeiso.exe. Every thing installs ok, but windows is not activated. However after connecting to the net and choosing to activate over internet option, windows activates successfully. When i check the key using the jellybean keyfinder, after activation, it is the same key that i had put in the winnt.sif file, the original oem key that's on the sticker on the laptop. What am i doing wrong? why isn't self activating? please help. thanks.