Solved

Windows XP won't activate after repair

Posted on 2009-05-13
4
1,580 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I've repaired Windows XP as per:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RI

then applied SP2 from CD (as required by the set-up), when I log on I get a 'Windows needs to be activated before logging on' message, but when I select ok to activate nothing happens. Only the wallpaper is showing and nothing (task manager etc) will work, so I can't run anything.

Any ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:sweetvintage
4 Comments
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
geowrian earned 125 total points
ID: 24372259
Did you do a repair install using the original disk that came with the system? If not, that can kill the activation since VLK, Retial, and each OEM have their own codes and are not interchangable.

Try starting up in safe mode. That doesn't check for activation. If it works fine in there, then the problem's the activation. If not, you have a different issue and the activation may just be a symptom of it.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:Wayne Barron
ID: 24372319
You are probably about the 15th person within the last 2 months that has experianced the same
Exact issue with doing a repair on XP and have an Activation issue.

There seems to be a bug in the Activator and Windows loading to complete the task.
I am unsure if there is a fix for this.
BUT. If you are able to backup your stuff, then I strongly suggest a Reinstall of the system.
(If you are able to get onto your Desktop, then you can packup through other means then the norm)

Carrzkiss
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Fly-Boy
ID: 24372726
I know that the following is for SBS 2003, but it might work:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932442
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:beefstu123
ID: 25128386
hi PriceD, both of those solutions u gave me require booting into safe mode or normal mode, neither of which i can do atm.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Can I legally transfer my OEM version of Windows to another PC?  (AKA - Can I put a new systemboard in my OEM PC?) Few of us are both IT and legal experts but we all have our own views of Microsoft's licensing rules and how they apply.  There are…
For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
This video explains how to create simple products associated to Magento configurable product and offers fast way of their generation with Store Manager for Magento tool.
This is a video describing the growing solar energy use in Utah. This is a topic that greatly interests me and so I decided to produce a video about it.

932 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

7 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now