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YOU MUST ACTIVATE WINDOWS BEFORE YOU CAN LOG IN WINDOWS XP HOME AFTER AN IN-PLACE INSTALL

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I ran an in-place install of Windows XP Home and used the correct product key that came with the system during the install and I cannot login to windows.  I receive an error message that says, "You must activate windows before you login" - If I choose to activate it boots to a blank desktop with the cursor still active.  Task Manager is not available.  Does anyone have any suggestions.  I'd like not to do a format because the client has programs on the computer that he may not have the software for.  Thanks.
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by:viral_sonawala
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Follow this link and let me know

http://www.gupshupblog.com/2009/02/how-to-activate-windows-xp-without-product-key/

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Follow this steps:

1. Restart in Safe Mode (F8)
 2. Go to /System/32/ and delete wgatray.exe & Go to /dllcache/ if it exists and delete the same .exe If not don't worry about the second.
 3. Go to Start => Run => regedit
 4. Browse HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WI... NT\CURRENT VERSION\WINLOGON\Notify
 5. Delete WgaLogon  folder
 6. Reboot.
 
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by:majmlv
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I would love to go into safemode, however, it does not boot into safemode.  I get the same message, "you must activate windows before you can login", when I click okay, it say's that windows cannot be activated in safemode.  It was an in-place install, so I know that my networking/connection to the internet should be all in tact as it was before the in-place.  Do you think that I can try your suggestion in safemode command prompt?

Thanks.
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by:viral_sonawala
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ya sure..You can try that.

YOu might have only two option as per my view

To do in Safe Mode or ReInstall it another Key, I can give you if you need...

Thanks
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by:jamietoner
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Did you do the upgrade with the correct OEM XP cd for the make of the system or did you use a retail or vl xp cd?
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by:jamietoner
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oops by upgrade I meant in place install
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Yes.  I used the correct operating system along with the product key that they purchased from us a few years ago - everything is legit.
I used BartPE and tried the options suggested and that did not work. The wpaevents folder is missing from the registry.  We've ran the in-place install 4 times - you'd think the file would get replaced.  Not the case. Any other suggestions?  
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I ended up formatting the system.   None of the fixes worked:(
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