Okay, we did a repair install on a HP with a XP Home SP/2 OEM Disk because of a video driver issue, but now we have this activation issue. "Windows XP must be activated before you can continue" we select yes and then you are right back to the log on screen. We can get into safe mode, can't activate in safe mode so no real big deal. Okay, we do not want to do a wipe and install due to the amount of business programs on machine but we know that we are at that point. Is there anyway to remove this "LOOP" and activate Windows? We have done enough Knowledge quests with no joy. Yes the copy is legit. No, we cannot get to the desktop, only the log in screen. Let us know if this is fixable or are we at the Wiping point, please.