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"Error code 0x80004005: Problem checking license for computer" at login after Windows XP Pro repair install

seebeexee asked
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
  Please help...  I had been experiencing some instability with my Windows XP Pro SP2 desktop, so I decided to do a repair install of Windows.  I first made a backup of all 5 registry hive files, then proceeded with the reinstallation.  I've done this in the past with no problems, however, this time was different.  The reinstallation/repair of Windows went fine and the computer restarted as normal.  Upon restarting, I received the stop error 0x0000007B (which I've seen before).  Usually I just restore the 5 backed-up registry hive files and I'm okay, but not this time.
   I restored the registry files (all 5) using the recovery console and rebooted the computer with no stop error problems.  Once at the login screen, I selected my username and typed in my password.  The system started to log in, then abruptly stopped and displayed the following error message: "A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer.  Error Code: 0x80004005."  After clicking OK, the computer logs itself off and I'm stuck back at the login screen.  I can access the system in safe mode, but I don't know what to do.  I've followed the advice here:   http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306081   with no luck.  Please help me resolve this problem.  Thanks in advance.
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I've already checked those questions and no luck yet, but thanks.  It's not a new installation, nor is it a Dell computer--it's one I built about 3 years ago.  I've never seen this problem before.  Any other advice or suggestions anyone?

>A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error Code: 0x80004005 <       
You could take a look at this previous EE thread, first noting the comment by LordRipper.
There are similarities and maybe you could use some of the ideas:


The first error you had (0x0000007B) is due to:


Then you replaced registry hives and now that first error
code does not appear but the following one does:


Are you running the "Media Center" edition?

The full message is "Repeatedly Prompted to Complete
Activation for Windows XP Media Center Edition After
You Enter Product Key"

Is your XP activated? I assume it isn't and that is what
it is trying to do but failing. I can only tell you what these
two errors mean, sorry!

Starting in safe mode, I don't know what to do either.

This page tells you pretty much nothing but explains
it more...


Sorry to double post but try this...

The MDAC Component Checker. This free Microsoft utility will check
your system to make sure data access is installed and configured
correctly. This tool has only ever told me everything is fine, however,
so I don't know how helpful it will be if things are not fine.


Since you CAN access in Safe Mode:

Go into "WINDOWS\system32" and rename "MSDART.DLL" as "MSDART32.DLL"

Another suggestion:  Use the system against itself. Hit Shift+F10 to bring up a
Command Prompt. Type taskmgr.exe to bring up Windows Task Manager.
Kill the messagebox from there under the first tab "Applications".

Or, try leaving the PC for a few hours (yes hours) and it MIGHT sort
itself out. You could leave it overnight or something, hope some of this works!


  I'm really appreciating the help you have all offered here.   To answer a few questions, no I'm not running Media Center Edition; yes, my copy of XP has been activated for over 3 years now; I've tried all the suggestions mentioned here, and still (unfortunately) nothing.  I've tried leaving the computer for hours, even over night.  It doesn't seem to want to work itself out.
It may be noteworthy to mention that I cans till access the filesystem using VMware under linux (SuSE 10.0) to access the drive directly; so if there are any tricks that might help through that "back-door," it's an option.
   This problem has been plaguing me for almost a month and that's why I decided to post it here.  I know that with all your great minds out there contributing, this problem will be resolved.  Thanks again, and keep the ideas coming...


Okay, here's an update.  Since the last attempted logon when I was told that there was a problem checking the license for the computer, I've done nothing to modify the system as I am awaiting a positive response here on EE.  Anyway, turning on the computer just now brought me back to the Stop 0x0000007B, but I don't get the message "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE."  All it says is:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer.  If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer.  Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers.  Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.  Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7A0A528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

That is the complete text of the error message.  After the error flashes, the computer restarts and would continue in this cycle forever.  Please help...

Boot from the WIN XP CD Rom and open the recover console.

Use the commands :




Thanks, MiguelSilvestre, for the suggestions.  I tried them and still the stop 0x0000007B error...

There's a few more issues you could check in this MS KBA, even though you're apparantly not getting the "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" error any more.

  > How to troubleshoot "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP <


Bump...  Anyone else with a suggestion; I'm now still at the Stop 0x0000007B error explained above...  Please help!

Presume you checked for possible infection from a boot-sector virus (324103 above) !

If you scroll down to sub-heading >>

Note the comments concerning 'second parameter'.  There's certainly a number of possible reasons but useful 'links' are included.   Hopefully most of these ideas are not repeats of above comments.

There are more references to this 'error' if you scroll down this next url, about midway.  Maybe one of them refers to some software change you may have recently made?

"Stop 0x0000007B or Stop 0x7B or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE":

This previous EE thread refers to Win2000 but there are interesting parallels .. you may wish to view it:

Further information >>

If you needed to find out what the hard disc controller in your PC is(re Win2000 above), you could download and run Lavalys "EVEREST Free Edition 2.20" from here:
Hi seebeexee,

Any updates ?



Hello everyone.  I really do appreciate the help offered here.  Unfortunately, nothing suggested here has been able to help me resolve my problem.  I've tried absolutely everything mentioned here, but have still had no luck, despite my efforts.  The need for my computer is great, and I decided to take a hit and go back in time.  Yesterday, I wiped my Windows XP partition and reinstalled Windows.  Then, I restored a backup made back in NOVEMBER!  It was pretty much my only option at this point...  So, I've gone back in time, but I'm at least up and running.  I'm really hoping not to ever run in to this problem in the future, but if I do, I still know where to turn for help.  You guys are all great.
Hi seebeexee,

Glad everything is ok now :))


The suggestion of my post is windows re-installation to fix bugcheck 7B.

Good, glad you've got it up and running .. and maybe cpc2004 did hit the nail on the head  :)
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