Boot up XP home sp2, I see the welcome screen with 'owner' user show. I click on owner, it says it needs to be activated. i say yes, it goes to desktop, then says it's already activated. I hit ok, it goes back to original welcome screen.
the user says windows was reinstalled by a young tech guy a month ago.
I can get into safe mode, without networking. But as i understand you must activate from normal mode.
I tried doing a sfc /scannow in safe mode to make sure the windows files are validk but i got a 'rpc server not found' msg.
i tried restting the clock in bios to last month, and then to last year, no difference.
What do tell the user to do?
If she needs to buy a windows cd, and reinstall - I can do an in-place install, right, and not affect her current progs/data?