Windows won't login without activation.

Hello Everyone,
I have an issue with a PC that had allot of problems with registry and such, someone suggested that I should try to perform a Windows Repair from a Windows Repair CD ( the PC had on it Windows XP Pro, and I made sure to perform a windows epair from a Windows XP Pro as well). now after the repair process went through fine, when I try to login it gives me a message if I want to activate windows, and has only 2 options ( yes and no) if I press Yes (to activate Windows) it does nothing ( i know that I havea  good internet connection) and if I press No then it automatically logs off, I tried doing that from the safe mode, and from another account, and I keep getting the same results...any help would be greatly appreciated.

thank you so much in advance.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Ok you've matched the version of XP Pro.
Was the original installation a branded manufacturer's OEM version (Dell, HP, Toshiba etc), a standard OEM version or a retail version of XP Pro?
Did the CD match that version?
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raphabarAuthor Commented:
thanks for the reply, I think that is the problem, the manufacturer's OEM is IBM, and the OEM CD that I used was Dell.
is there a way to go around it?
thanks,
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
If you can get an IBM disk to repair from you'll be fine - this is typical of the behaviour of BIOS-locked installation CDs - they look like everythnig is going fine until the machine starts up at the end!  

Worst scenario is you will need to reinstall but if that's the case there are any number of NTFS diagnostic boot disks you can use to get at any data on the machine so all you have lost is time not information.
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raphabarAuthor Commented:
thanks for the reply,
I have been looking for an IBM CD and I cannot find one... can you recommend one of the NTFS diagnostic boot disks that you talked about?
thanks again.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Personally I'd go with something like ERD Commander but NTFS reader works well for this too. Suggest you slave an NTFS HDD to the machine and then copy everything you need to save onto it. If you have a service contract with IBM they should be able to provide you with the XP CD you need.
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raphabarAuthor Commented:
thanks MASQUEAID,
unfortunatley I do not have a service contract with IBm anymore...I really do not want to wipe everything clean on this machine...because of the huge amount of stuff that was on it, it is also part of a domain...but if I have to do so then I guess i would...I would just see if someone have a  different approach, if not...the points will be yours my kind sir.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
What licencing arrangmeents do you have?  Are all the machines on OEM licences or do you use a VLK?
If VLK then you could repair using that and then use the Volume Key to activate.  Otherwsie if you are on OEM you could purchase a reatil OEM disk and Key which would work but clearly at a cost.
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raphabarAuthor Commented:
.....ummm some of them are OEM and some are VLK, I am not very sure about the licencing arrangments really, since all PC's are very old (around 6-10 years) but I will have to double check...
when you said to purchase an OEM disk, you mean to get an IBM OEM disk, correct?
thanks,
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
If you have any spare numbers on your VLK that would be the quickest (and cheapest) solution
If you get an IBM OEM disk it must match the SP# of the CoA key on the box so buying the current version will probably not work with your key. What I was suggesting was a new OEM disk and Key like one of these
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raphabarAuthor Commented:
the answer that MASQUERAID provided gave me a base knowledge of what was the issue, and how it happened.

Thanks,
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