I had to to do install REPAIR on my Legal OEM windows xp home sp3 Laptop.
Everything went fine and system boots up fine to the welcome screen only.
Then I see my 2 User accounts and when I try to LOG IN I get the message telling me to activate before it logs me IN.
That is fine with me. Its a legal copy of windows with no hardware change so I click YES.
That is THE END. I could watch my desktop for hours but activation wizzard doesnt pop up.
I have tried all the keyboard combinations with no luck. System is not frozen and I can move the mouse.
I have beed allowed to the safe mode once. That worked fine but you are not allowed to activate in a safe mode.
I have restarted many times and it still doesnt work. Something blocks the activation window fro popping up.
I have all the tools and skills to do offline edit of the registry, offline file copying or swapping.
Reinstalling is not an option, I need to start it up!!
1. Can I activate offline somehow?
2. Can I swap some files or registry entries to start up windows ??
3. Can I extend the activatiuon time to at least one day somehow?
4. Is there a hack or crack to activate my windows for 1 start in normal mode so I could be able to reactivate again once logged in and running.