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I just re-installed my Win XP with a bootleg CD, all is fine when I installed Win XP SP2, bcoz I heard its very useful in fending off spyware/viruses. Now that I installed it, and restarted my pc, the thing gives me an error code of "An error has occured. Therefore Windows cannot verify the rights of this computer. Error Code 0x80004005" whenever I try to login (or click) the user "Administrator" (which had no password). I didnt make a Guest user, so now I cant get in Win XP.

What to do? Do I have to re-install Win XP all over? Or is there a way I can get in there? Or do I need to buy the OS (which I cannot afford)?

Help would be much appreciated, thanks :)
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amirinamdar earned 600 total points
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Hi MissJoJo,
You may find this link useful:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306081

Good Luck!
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It sez there in that link that

6.       Type cd %SystemRoot%\System32, and then press ENTER.

but my system cannot find the file or directory of that

:(
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%SystemRoot% means your windows folder. So, if your windows folder is on d: drive then you should type:
cd D:\Windows\System32
Of course, cd means 'change directory'.
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by:MissJoJo
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I did the whole Method 2 thing, and yet my windows still gives me the same error............


Should I just re-install windows and not install SP2??? :-(
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by:amirinamdar
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That, probably is  a good idea, since you have just installed your windows and might not have much data on it.
Did you check the iissues associated with sp2?
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
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The question for me now is that is SP2 really necessary??

Bcoz I dont really use IE, and Outlook, and I do have my own Anti-Virus software. Can I cover the features of SP2 with just that??


and oh, thanks for ur help amirinamdar ;)
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SP2 is actually a good option. For me, it is a must have. You might want to think differently. Major feature of SP2 which makes me want it is the numerous security enhancements. If you rarely go on the internet, you can think twice.

If you are still in the process of setting up your system, I think you can try to slipstream sp2 and then install it. Here is a step by step tutorial:
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html

Before doing that, I would recommend that you take a look at the link I provided above, about sp2, thoroughly. It will help you identify issues that are specific to your computer and sp2 installation.

And, just an anti-virus is not enough. Look at this link:
http://insanity.bizhat.com/html/modules.php?name=secure
OR
http://amir.inamdar.spymac.net/secure.html

Good Luck!
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